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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It is therefore tempting to explain the violence and the cult of blood among the
Serbs as a part of their Byzantine heritage. There is no difficulty in finding
examples of extreme violence in the long history of that empire, such as the
blinding in ...
and then a Serbian state emerged on the northern fringe of the empire, the two
states followed the Byzantine model of the relationship between church and state
, and formed autocephalous churches that did not recognize any higher outside ...
There is also the question of how Byzantine the post-Byzantine world is.
Byzantine civilization reached its peak from the ninth to the eleventh centuries,
the time when the rest of Europe was poor and primitive, slowly emerging from
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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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