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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With the formation of the Bulgarian autocephalous church ( first created around
927 , revived in 1235 ) and the Serbian autocephalous church ( in 1219 ) , the
church of the Byzantine Empire was essentially reduced to a Greek church .
The Serbianized Vlachs , still often called Vlachs ( Vlasi ) , formed the bulk of the
Serbian population in western Bosnia and southern Croatia until their exodus in
the summer of 1995 . The transformation of Vlachs into Serbs explains why until ...
... of Sciences and Arts formed a panel to write a compendium of Serbian fears
and appeal to their compatriots to revolt against a supposed antiSerb conspiracy
. 47 The document they produced was leaked and published in September 1986
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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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