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 knife is the main topic of the prologue , which warns , “ Left hand , look out !
The right one , your sister , is holding a knife ! ” 100 In the central part of the novel
the author lets a member of a British mission report on the role of the knife in ...
Captain F . thinks that the cult of the knife has always reigned in the Balkans , that
a large knife industry was developed there already in the early Middle Ages , that
every region , every tribe , every family has its own shape of the knife , its own ...
Water was a KNIFE , too : the Ustašas cooked children in it , and the tar was a
KNIFE : they poured it on open wounds , and the soil was a KNIFE : it was thrown
over live people , and rats were a KNIFE : mice eating the human intestines was ...
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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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