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Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocideby Branimir Anzulovic
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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
Book News Annotation:
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.
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Traces the mythology behind Serbia's nationalistic and expansionistic impulses.
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This book traces the link between Serbian national mythology and genocide in the former Yugoslavia. Unlike other books dealing with this subject, HEAVENLY SERBIA analyzes the conflict's long-term sources, going as far back as the pre-Christian Slavic pagan religion. It also points out ways in which Serbian leaders convinced at least some members of the international community of the righteousness of their aims.
About the Author
Branimir Anzulovic was born in Zagreb Croatia. He has a degree in philosophy from the University of Zagreb, and a doctorate in comparative literature from Indiana University. He has taught at Prescott College and Indiana University, and worked in the Yugoslav service of the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. He is now an independent researcher residing in Vienna, Virginia. Among his publications are theater and film reviews, and essays in cultural history and literary criticism.
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