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 Russian church hierarchy seems to have had a genuine
respect for the communist leader. Gleb Yakunin, a prominent Russian human
rights activist and former Orthodox priest, lists the titles the patriarch of the
The leader of the First Serbian Uprising was an illiterate pig farmer and haiduk,
Kara Dorde (Black George) Petrovic, the founder of the Karadordevic dynasty. He
displayed the traditional Di- naric violence that would mark modern Serbia.
Intellectual and political leaders were prime targets. The internationally
renowned historian Milan Sufflay was killed in 1931. His assassination drew
protests from Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, and others. See "Einstein Accuses
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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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