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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Among highlanders , folk songs were an essential instrument of education .
Illiteracy , the soil in which folk songs flourished , was not uncommon even
among clergymen , especially the Orthodox . As a result of their isolation and lack
13 Folk songs celebrate them as apostles of justice and freedom in the fight
against the Turks , but robbery was usually the primary motive of their activity .
Ranke relates that the haiduk Veljko , who participated in the Serbian uprising
The dark tones and visions of destruction in many of Karadžić ' s poems make
them like the songs of the Kosovo cycle and Njegoš ' s Mountain Wreath
songs of horror . Fear and the spider are their dominant concepts . In a short
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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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