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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Serbs started settling in those Hungarian and Croatian lands in the fifteenth
century , during the last stage of Serbian resistance to the Turkish advance . Next
came the Serbs who served in the Ottoman army , and were given land that had ...
28 In the Serbian books , Croats lived in lands that were considered Serbian ; no
Croatian history of the period before the Balkan Wars was discussed . In contrast
, Serbian affairs were well covered in the Croatian readers and textbooks .
a land of hatred . 113 Lubarda uses the prestige of the Nobel - laureate Andrić
to boost his thesis without informing the reader that the letter is in fact not a
letter but a short story , written not in 1920 but shortly after the Second World War
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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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