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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However, it is no less difficult to compile a list of atrocities committed by Western
Europeans in the struggle for power or in the service of state and church. The
orgy of killing, rape, and looting unleashed by the Crusaders in Jerusalem and ...
Strong ties were then established with the West, at the time when the
Enlightenment had laid the foundation for modern secular culture. This contact,
uninterrupted since, has led to a large-scale assimilation of Western culture by
78 Besides reminding their flock exclusively of the crimes committed by their
neighbors, highly regarded authorities of the Serbian Orthodox Church harshly
condemn Western Europe as a whole. The conclusion of the above-mentioned ...
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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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