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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Even some of the saints unrelated to ruling families have become tools of
national ideology . A Montenegrin scholar points out the ideological
metamorphosis of two such saints : Concrete historical personalities are elevated
to mythic symbols ...
since nourished the Serbs ' conviction that Serbia is destined to become an
empire again . The belief was just as strong during the centuries of Turkish
domination as it was during the nineteenthcentury struggle for independence , or
in the late ...
... the new state , wrote about the political engagement of the Orthodox Church in
monarchist Yugoslavia : The episcopate of the Orthodox Church , with the
patriarch at its head , has today become a militant instrument of the dictatorial
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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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