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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Miladin Zivotic, a recently deceased philosopher and leading Serbian democrat,
maintained that the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Bosnian Serbs "share a
common clerical-nationalist ideology that glorifies traditional, patriarchal society.
Even under the communist regime Serbia produced some able and honest
politicians, opposed to nationalist adventures, who worked to make the regime
less oppressive. They assumed the highest positions in the republic after Tito
They did not deplore the nationalist obsession with a Greater Serbia (in which
they themselves rivaled MiloSevic), nor did they denounce the myths that prevent
many Serbs from coming to terms with their past. Draskovic's persistence in his ...
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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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