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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15 The fear of losing their identity is the reason the Serbs preferred to become
Turkish , rather than Hungarian , vassals . They saw , not without justification , the
domination of a Catholic king as a greater threat to their national church than ...
This is the reason for the anti - Russian sentiment in the Načertanije , but the
Serbs soon abandoned the highly unrealistic ambition regarding Istanbul , and
occasional later designs for a union with Bulgaria were mostly of a federalist
From Myth to Genocide Branimir Anzulovic. Tito ' s police chief Aleksandar
Ranković even better . The purge of Ranković and the partial dismantling of the
centralized police system were the main reasons for Cosić ' s disappointment
with Tito .
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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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