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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You knights, belt on your sabers, and charge against the Turks: the entire Turkish
army will perish! But if you prefer the heavenly kingdom, build a church at Kosovo
, do not make its foundation of marble, but of pure silk and scarlet, and make ...
The embargo was an aid to the aggressor because Serbs had all the weapons
they needed, having access to the arsenal of the Yugoslav federal army (the
fourth largest in Europe), while their victims had only a limited supply of small
... two Muslim factions erupted at about the same time. The army organized by the
Muslims in the Bihac enclave in northwestern Bosnia, whose civilian leader was
Fikret Abdic, clashed with the predominantly Muslim army under the command ...
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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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