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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They shaped the popular image of the founder of the church, as the pioneer
Serbian historian of religion, Veselin Cajkanovic, observes: Formally, and in
name, the traditional Saint Sava is a Christian saint, and a very zealous
propagator of the ...
forming Sultan Murad of the Christian advance and barring the road by which the
Albanian leader Skanderbeg had intended to traverse Serbia to join the Christian
forces at Varna. He acted similarly four years later, when Hunyadi again ...
Gradually, the Kosovo myth became the spiritual bridge between the bourgeois
intelligentsia and the still present followers of the god Vid in our patriarchal-
heroic world.35 Vid is a pre-Christian Slavic sun and war god whose memory
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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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