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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The fact that the 1389 Battle of Kosovo was fought on the day of the summer
solstice ( the time of the celebration of the god Vid ) was probably coincidental ,
but the elevation of this battle ( in which no side obtained clear victory ) to the
43 The ignorance of historical facts displayed in this instance by Mitterrand is
shared by other politicians who think of themselves as great strategists when they
reduce historical complexities to simplistic black - and - white schemes .
In fact , the number of sovereign states in the Balkans was reduced from eight to
six after the First World War , since Serbia , Montenegro , and Balkan areas of the
AustroHungarian monarchy became parts of Yugoslavia . Such a gross mistake ...
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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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