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 data were finally published in 1997 , but in a very limited edition with a
controlled distribution . Because of communist Yugoslavia ' s refusal to complete
and publish data on World War II victims in the Yugoslav territory , a list of all
victims is ...
25 An even more virulent anti - Catholic diatribe , Murderers in God ' s Name ,
published in Paris in 1951 by a Serb émigré under the very French - sounding
pseudonym Hervé Laurière , appeared in Serbian translation in 1987 with the ...
Because of its gloomy depiction of that military campaign , the novel could not be
published in the monarchist Yugoslavia . His contemporary , Miloš Crnjanski (
1893 – 1977 ) , forcefully expressed a nihilistic disillusionment with the cult of 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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