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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51 Although Njegos thought of Orthodox Christianity and Islam as epitomizing
good versus evil, the methods advocated in The Mountain Wreath to achieve the
victory of Orthodoxy make the conflict between the two religions as devoid of ...
... religious and national thought in the early nineteenth century with the question
"whether this conflict between Dositej and NjegoS, as a conflict between the
mythical and the rational, has ended or if it has tacitly continued until the present.
But resistance was soon overcome, and the conflict between the language-nation
and church-nation equations subsided, partly because it had no bearing on the
concept of Greater Serbia. The area where stokavian dialects are spoken to a ...
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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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