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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67 This was the setting in which a Croatian member of the dissolved Yugoslav
Parliament , Ante Pavelić , formed an illegal movement called Ustaša ( Insurgent
) , devoted to the dissolution of Yugoslavia by any means . One of its actions , in ...
After he refused , he was accused of collaboration with the Ustaša regime in the
wartime Croatian state and sentenced to a sixteen - year imprisonment and
forced labor in October 1946 . The American historian Sabrina Ramet notes that
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts , asserted in his essay On the Genesis
of the Genocide of the Serbs in the NDH that the Ustaša genocide was the
realization of an idea born in the remote past and developed for decades and ...
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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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