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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Nevertheless, the Battle of Kosovo on June 28, 1389, did not end in a Turkish
victory. The leaders in both camps — Serbian Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic and
Ottoman Sultan Murad I — were killed, and the Turkish army suffered losses so
His intervention was decisive. Sig- ismund's forces were overwhelmed."9 Despot
Lazarevic put his army at the service of the sultan every year during the first
thirteen years of his reign. In 1398 his soldiers participated in the first great
Although Gundulic longs for the liberation of Christians and glorifies the Polish
king for his victory over the Turks, he deals rather sympathetically with the tragic
story of Sultan Osman. Osman is portrayed as more noble and humane than ...
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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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