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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and that all over Yugoslavia they were victims of discrimination in spite of having
sacrif1ced themselves for others: "Only [Serbia] made real sacrifices for the
development of the three underdeveloped republics and the autonomous
province of ...
The West invited Serbia's genocidal war when it made clear to the Serbs that it
would not let the former Yugoslavian republics acquire the arms needed to
defend themselves. In Bosnia in particular, the war was not a spontaneous
eruption of ...
The 1974 Constitution subordinated territorial defense forces (organized by
political authorities in the various republics) to the army, and assigned one seat
in the newly formed ten-member state presidency to the representative of the
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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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