Heavenly Serbia

Heavenly Serbia

From Myth to Genocide

Book - 1999
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New York Univ Pr

As violence and turmoil continue to define the former Yugoslavia, basic questions remain unanswered: What are the forces behind the Serbian expansionist drive that has brought death and destruction to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo? How did the Serbs rationalize, and rally support for, this genocidal activity?

Heavenly Serbia traces Serbia's nationalist and expansionist impulses to the legendary battle of Kosovo in 1389. Anzulovic shows how the myth of "Heavenly Serbia" developed to help the Serbs endure foreign domination, explaining their military defeat and the loss of their medieval state by emphasizing their own moral superiority over military victory. Heavenly Serbia shows how this myth resulted in an aggressive nationalist ideology which has triumphed in the late twentieth century and marginalized those Serbs who strive for the establishment of a civil society.

"Modern Serbian nationalism...and its contradictory connections...have been sources of considerable scholarly interest...Branimir Anzulovic's compendium is a good example of the genre, made all the more useful by Anzulovic's excellent command of the literature."
—Ivo Banac, History of Religions

Author interview with CNN: http://www.cnn.com/chat/transcripts/branimir_chat.html

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Traces the brutal and futile drive for a Greater Serbia to a national mythology, the Heavenly Serbia, which appeared soon after the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. It attributes the Serb's defeat by the Turks and the loss of the medieval Serbian state to the preference for moral salvation over military victory. Anzulovic identifies its pre-Christian roots and shows how the myth helped the people survive centuries of oppression but has been exploited by political and religious leaders. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c1999
ISBN: 9780814706718
Branch Call Number: 949.71 ANZ
Characteristics: xiv, 233 p. ; 22 cm


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