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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Born in Serbia to a poor family of Montenegrin descent, Karadzic did not receive
a good education, but he was an intelligent man who was given valuable help by
prominent Central European scholars passionately interested in folk culture and
Karadzic did not need to fight for acceptance of the idea that all stokavian
speakers were Serbs. The Czech Jozef Dobrovsky (1753- 1829) proposed the
identification of stokavian (or "Illyrian") with Serbian before Karadzic, and
promoted that ...
93 The very titles of his poems or collections are often indicative of their mood: "
The Morning Grenade," "Farewell, Assassins," "Hell," "Death," "A Vocabulary of
Fear." The dark tones and visions of destruction in many of Karadzic's poems
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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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