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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Yugoslavia ' s communist regime continued operating with the figure of 1 . 7
million even after it had been made obvious that it was an enormous
exaggeration . Even in postcommunist Belgrade , access to the data on the 597 ,
323 victims has ...
And as the Nazis put the industrial machine into high gear , Germany ' s
economic dominance in Yugoslavia became even stronger . By 1938 Yugoslavia
' s trade with Germany accounted for 53 percent of exports and 65 percent of
In the so - called Dachau Trials , held in Yugoslavia in 1948 and 1949 , thirty -
four surviving inmates of the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps were
accused of having collaborated with the Gestapo because , according to the ...
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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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