Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide
Hurst, 1999 - 233 pages
Heavenly Serbia traces Serbia's expansionist impulses to Serbian national mythology. The dominant myth - that of "Heavenly Serbia" - appeared soon after the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. It attributed the Serb's defeat by the Turks and the loss of the medieval Serbian state to the Serb's preference for moral salvation over military victory. By emphasizing their commitment to the heavenly kingdom and promising an eventual restoration of the Serbian empire, this myth helped the Serbs to bear their centuries-long domination by a foreign power. Though they ultimately shed the Turkish yoke and regained statehood in the nineteenth century, the Serbs, according to Anzulovic, retained this central myth in the form of feelings of superiority to their neighbors, and a sense of destiny ordaining them to become the dominant power in the Balkans. The myth has been perpetuated by political and religious leaders, historians, novelists, and artists, and has found acceptance abroad as well.
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It sent missionaries to the primitive Slavs in central and eastern Europe, who had
invaded the Roman Empire, to convert them to Christianity and give them access
to a more developed culture. One of these missionaries, Saint Cyril of Salonika ...
In fact, Dobrovsky went much further than proclaiming that all Stokavian south
Slavic speakers were Serbs: on the ... His follower, the Slovak linguist Pavel
Safafik (1795- 1861), also insisted that "the Slavs" own oldest name, used by all
or a ...
Information about pre-Christian Slavic religions is very scarce, and most of the
written sources refer to the Slavs of what is now ... There are no references to the
god Vid anywhere outside the south Slavic area, but the Baltic Slavs had several
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An independent scholar living in Washington, DC, Anzulovic interprets Serbia's violent history as a consequence of historical legacies: Saint Sava's mystical identification of the church and nation ... Read full review
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