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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The difference between the Croatian and Slovenian communists, on the one
hand, and the Serbian and Montenegrin ... in Yugoslavia as an input into Titoism
largely originates and is most widely practiced in Slovenia and Croatia.73 The
One source of his information is lists of persons compiled in every village, town,
and city in Yugoslavia, except for Macedonia and Slovenia. He has
complemented these findings with the results obtained by various commissions
on war crimes, ...
A related myth blames Slovenia and Croatia for the war because they refused to
accept Serbia's terms, although their acceptance would have constituted political
suicide for the two nations.55 The assertion that the recognition of the two most ...
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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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