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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asking him to ban Obradovic's writings.3 However, at a later stage Obradovic
also embraced a Romanticism through which he was "enraptured by the old
Serbian glory from the time before the Turks."4 This led to a shift in Obradovic's
stronger than the Christian spirit;7 Obradovic, a rationalist, pro- Western critic of
church bigotry and an advocate of tolerance, was the first to formulate the modern
, linguistically based Pan-Serbism. In 1783 Obradovic dedicated his writings to ...
an opinion: "We have had only one humanistic thinker in the West European
sense of that term — Dositej Obradovic — and even he, a Westerner, remained
misunderstood and without successors, as someone great and useful, but not
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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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