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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The Turkish conquest was made more traumatic for the Serbs by the fact that it
began only sixteen years after the death of Emperor Dusan the Mighty, under
whom Serbia had experienced the greatest expansion in its history. Tsar Dusan,
Thus, Dusan's construction of a Serbian empire at the expense of Byzantium
indirectly facilitated the eventual subjugation of Serbia by the Turks. Dusan's
empire is seen by latter-day Serbs as the moment of medieval Serbia's greatest
17 Makavejev, Dusan, 95, 128, 135 Malcolm, Noel, 173, 193 n. 1, 213 n. 57
Manicheism, 55-56, 190 n. 49 Marko, Prince, 14-17, 38, 41, 56 Markovic,
Svetozar, 198 n. 61 "Marseillaise, La," 65 Medakovic, Danilo, 48 Medan, Danilo,
30 Mee, ...
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