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 modern age has added another motive for genocide : the utopian promise of
a perfect society through the elimination of the groups accused of preventing its
realization . Thus , the primary driving force leading to genocide is not the ...
From Myth to Genocide Branimir Anzulovic. Serbian Academy of Sciences and
Arts , asserted in his essay On the Genesis of the Genocide of the Serbs in the
NDH that the Ustaša genocide was the realization of an idea born in the
From Myth to Genocide Branimir Anzulovic. tional institutions . The declaration ,
also signed by four bishops , twenty - two members of the Academy of Sciences
and Arts , and thirty - one additional prominent intellectuals and artists , is 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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