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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... a protector of justice and a hero who defeated the enemy . All of this is best
formulated in the characters of Bishop Danilo and his heroes as presented in The
Mountain Wreath , where Njegoš ' s genius vividly and accurately describes the ...
5 Collaboration with an external enemy against domestic enemies also occurred
under the Austrian occupation during the First World War , as Milovan Djilas
relates : We Montenegrins did not hold a grudge against the enemy alone , but ...
As usual in wartime , the enemy was demonized , and the enemy of the enemy
glorified . The Kosovo myth , in particular , served to propagate the image of
Serbia as a country committed to freedom and morality , as an American expert
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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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