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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Serbian nineteenth - century historiography , however , depicted the Serbs '
settlement in the Pannonian plain principally as a result of an allegedly
cataclysmic exodus in 1690 , called the Great Migration . Among the
consequences of that ...
One source of his information is lists of persons compiled in every village , town ,
and city in Yugoslavia , except for Macedonia and Slovenia . He has
complemented these findings with the results obtained by various commissions
on war ...
As for the de facto creation of a Muslim enclave , it did not require any effort by
the international community but was a result of its passivity . Another
commentator writing in the same magazine explained why one should not be
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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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