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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a close "state-heaven" relationship in Byzantium, a direct relationship between
the political and the divine spheres that ... on the side of the stronger.19 The
concept of a Heavenly Serbia was facilitated by the close relationship between
at the same time fighters for the earthly kingdom and for the Heavenly Kingdom."
21 He sees the two realms fused in the Serbian national character: It is the well-
known Christian, humane (more precisely: divine- humane, Christlike) character
TTie Acceptance of Heavenly Serbia Serbian myths were first received and
amplified in the West, as outlined above, during the Romanticist period. The
second wave of Western glorification of Serbia started during the First World War,
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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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