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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Violence in the Dinaric areas has been directed not only at different ethnic and
religious groups but also at members of the same community . Montenegrin clans
, for example , frequently engaged in mutual conflicts , and even called on the ...
The Prince - Bishop ' s " Song of Horror ” Byzantium and other Orthodox societies
are often called caesaropapist because of the subordination of the church to the
state , although the two institutions have been ruled by different persons . In one ...
These Christian soldiers , called martologues , could identify with a hero who
served the same master as they did . Prince Marko appears as a relentless fighter
against Turks and protector of his people only in the songs created at the time of
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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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