Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide by Branimir Anzulovic

Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide

byBranimir Anzulovic

Kobo ebook | March 1, 1999

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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

Title:Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to GenocideFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814707696

ISBN - 13:9780814707692

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Croatian Propaganda This is a startling book in that a Croatian nationalist - the author - is writing about Serbia. Anzulovic merely parrots the party line of all Croatian nationalists who hate everything Serb and attempts to cloak it in a sort of pseudo-scientific glow. The reality is that the only real genocide ever committed in the Balkans, by Croatia in WWII, is completely ignored. During that time, Croatia as a loyal puppet Nazi ally of Hitler was the only other country to commit genocide otuside of Nazi Germany. The war in Bosnia was brutal in that all three ethnic commuities committed crimes. Yet the author completely ignores the fact that Croatians make up a large portion of those sitting in Hague jails awaiting trial for war crimes. More are currently being investigated for the crimes committed by Croatia in 1995 against its serbian minority
Date published: 1999-09-13