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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It sent missionaries to the primitive Slavs in central and eastern Europe, who had
invaded the Roman Empire, to convert them to Christianity and give them access
to a more developed culture. One of these missionaries, Saint Cyril of Salonika ...
His follower, the Slovak linguist Pavel Safafik (1795- 1861), also insisted that "the
Slavs" own oldest name, used by all or a large part of the peoples composing this
family, was, as we have proved . . . Srbs, Serbs."16 Karadzic and other Serbs ...
Information about pre-Christian Slavic religions is very scarce, and most of the
written sources refer to the Slavs of what is now Russia and to those who settled
the Baltic coast. There are no references to the god Vid anywhere outside the ...
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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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