Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide
Hurst, 1999 - 233 страници
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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Nevertheless, the Battle of Kosovo on June 28, 1389, did not end in a Turkish
victory. The leaders in both camps — Serbian Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic and
Ottoman Sultan Murad I — were killed, and the Turkish army suffered losses so
Around 1889, the five hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo, the Serbian
public started demanding that Vid's Day be named an official holiday of the
Serbian Orthodox Church. It was marked in red letters for the first time in the
Mythical accounts of the Battle of Kosovo in 1389, for example, condense the
almost nine-decade-long process of the subjugation of Serbia into a single battle.
The myth of the Great Migration has something else in common with the Kosovo ...
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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 ... Прочетете пълната рецензия
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