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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... rigidly centralized period in the immediate postwar years , which replicated the
Leninist Soviet system where all decisions were made at the center of power :
The initial Yugoslav solution of the national question could be regarded as 114 ...
... that for the previous decade Serbia had been regarded generally as a
thorough - going nuisance , a nest of violent barbarians whose megalomania
would sooner or later meet the punishment it deserved . There had been several
It seems that , given the uncertainty over who held power in the region , the
retention of a foot in more than one confessional or linguistic camp was often
regarded as a kind of collective insurance policy . History of Montenegro :
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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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