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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No Christian priest has ever said less about Christ than this metropolitan from
Cetinje . " 47 The glorification of murder is not the only deviation from Christianity
to be found in Njegoš ' s work : the idea of the world as an evil place is another
... evil through evil is dark and bloody . 78 Later in his life , Djilas fought state
- sponsored violence as a human rights activist and a harsh critic of the abuse of
power , but he never repudiated his enthusiasm for the poet of massacres .
Therefore , it is of vital importance to recognize the validity of the religious
concept of Original Sin , which teaches that the capacity for evil is present in
every human being . For this reason , evil cannot be eliminated from history . The
only way ...
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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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