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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The nearly total destruction of the hundreds of mosques built in Serbia during the
centuries of the Turkish rule ( in Belgrade only one was spared ) was not
patterned after Turkish behavior either , but corresponds to the obliteration of the
During this period of Turkish rule , the Serbs enjoyed peace and the benefits of a
well - administered empire ; their church had substantial autonomy ; and service
in the Ottoman army provided income for many Serbs . Under these conditions ...
... apparently without his knowledge , the murder of King Aleksandar Obrenović ,
made a sincere effort to stop the vicious circle of violence and transform Serbia
into a civilized country based on the rule of law . He initiated reforms to free
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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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