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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From Myth to Genocide Branimir Anzulovic. hilated by an ... These ideas are often
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Originally, the myth performed a useful function by helping the Serbs bear the
humiliation of defeat and the centuries-long domination by a foreign culture.
However, even when statehood was regained in the nineteenth century, the myth
From Myth to Genocide Branimir Anzulovic. Mock, Alois, 166, 168 Moljevic,
Stevan, 158, 211 n. ... 1 Myth of intrepid Serb warriors, 173-74 Myth of modern
Serbia's golden age, 88- 89, 198 n. 54 Myths: role of, in violent mass movements,
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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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