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 Latins had conquered Constantinople in 1204 , and both the emperor and
the patriarch sought refuge in Nicaea . The link between state and church
remained strong throughout the Heavenly Serbia | 23 Saint-Savaism: Radical ...
In return for the patriarch ' s devotion to the regime , the latter helps him build
Orthodox churches in purely Catholic regions , with the aim of religious
proselytism . . . . During the entire period since 1918 one has never heard from
the patriarch ...
After his elevation to patriarch on 1 December 1990 , he tried sincerely to
stimulate improvement in interconfessional relations and reconciliation between
the nations . At the same time , however , he became increasingly involved in
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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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