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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12 Tito and his inner circle were aware of the destructive potential of falsehoods
that fed nationalist rivalries in Yugoslavia . They imposed limited restraints on the
propagation of nationalist distortions , but the only effective way of combating ...
The reason for the changes was the aged Josip Broz Tito ' s intention to make
Yugoslavia more stable after his departure by diminishing the imbalance of
power between Serbia and the other republics , and making the Kosovo
Albanians loyal ...
38 The brutality of Tito ' s regime in its early phase was ignored in the West ,
partly because of the West ' s complicity in its rise to power , and also because
old myths die hard . Still , because of its aggressive foreign policy , which
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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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