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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Only this can explain why our people have in all fateful moments of their history
always preferred the heavenly to the earthly, the immortal to the mortal, the
eternal to the transitory.6 Unheavenly Heroes The Kosovo legend contains a ...
... Kosovo battlefield: Up to the stirrups of the steed that day the red blood ran,
Unto the silken girdle of many a fighting man; Horses and heroes swam, steed by
steed, and hero hero by, And we flew up hungry and thirsty, the vultures of the
Such historical facts explain why Serbian folk singers turned a Turkish vassal into
a national hero: at the time when the oldest extant Serbian heroic folk songs were
created, that is, the time of the Ottoman penetration into the Balkans, most ...
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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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