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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Huge exaggerations of the number of war victims were launched to magnify
Yugoslavia's losses in the Second World ... Yugoslav authorities gave the f1gure
of 1,706,000 Yugoslav war victims to the International Reparations Commission
And as the Nazis put the industrial machine into high gear, Germany's economic
dominance in Yugoslavia became even ... and 65 percent of imports.26 This was
not the only Yugoslav policy with which the Nazis were satisfied: "On October 5, ...
The myth has many followers in Germany itself, who believe that the dissolution
of Yugoslavia was an act contrary to the ... in Austria, Alois Mock faced strong
internal opposition to his advocacy of recognition of the two Yugoslav republics.
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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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