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 emergence of the Ustasa movement was a deplorable reaction to the
Serbian terror. Never had there been organized political terrorism in Croatia
before, and the movement attracted very few Croats. The Yugoslav Encyclopedia
states that ...
After he refused, he was accused of collaboration with the Ustasa 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 Some ...
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, asserted in his essay "On the Genesis of
the Genocide of the Serbs in the NDH" that the Ustasa 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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