By Branimir Anzulovic
As violence and turmoil proceed to outline the previous Yugoslavia, uncomplicated questions stay unanswered: What are the forces in the back of the Serbian expansionist force that has introduced dying and destruction to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo? How did the Serbs rationalize, and rally help for, this genocidal job? Heavenly Serbia strains Serbia's nationalist and expansionist impulses to the mythical conflict of Kosovo in 1389. Anzulovic exhibits how the parable of "Heavenly Serbia" constructed to aid the Serbs suffer overseas domination, explaining their army defeat and the lack of their medieval kingdom by way of emphasizing their very own ethical superiority over army victory. Heavenly Serbia exhibits how this fantasy led to an competitive nationalist ideology which has triumphed within the overdue 20th century and marginalized these Serbs who try for the institution of a civil society. "Modern Serbian nationalism...and its contradictory connections...have been assets of substantial scholarly interest...Branimir Anzulovic's compendium is an effective instance of the style, made the entire extra beneficial by means of Anzulovic's first-class command of the literature."—Ivo Banac, heritage of Religions writer interview with CNN: http://www.cnn.com/chat/transcripts/branimir_chat.html
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2! The selection of severed organs is not random. They are the ones most directly engaged in the act of nursing: the mother holds the child in her arms while it feeds on her breast. lce is direct~ agai~t motherhood and thus against life itself. -~ By calling the haiduk a devil, tne- folk singer seems to acknowledge the evil of the haiduks' way of life, yet he finds the devil fascinating: l -:). If one could have seen this! o ntium and other Orthodox societies are often called caesaroI"'plst because of the subordination of the church to the state, Illthough the two institutions have been ruled by different persons.
The elevation of an old pagan war god 10 the patron saint, of the nation 'is the most conspicuous manifeslation of the reaffirmation of tribal attitudes in the era of Westernization. The Western ideology of Romanticism, with its cult of supposedly pure primitive cultures, aided the ,revival of Serbian pagan-heroic culture, which is indifferent or even hostile to a social order based on the rights of the individual citizen. Another Romanticist idea-that vernacular language and folk art represent the purest expressions of the soul of a nation and the most important criterion for its identity-has served as the foundation for the modern concept of a Greater Serbia (as well as for I I Le~acy D ~ 70 I ~ Modern Serbian National Dilemmas the Yugoslav idea).
75 Years after his disillusionment with communist ideology, Djilas justified the cruelties committed in its name: "we had to have an ideology that would inspire general confidence and impress on our fighting men that we \ were struggling for a just, the only just, cause. "76 S~uch sophistry allowed Djilas to find beauty and virtue even in massacres: -------------------------- NjegoS's massacre was the first, or at least among the very rare, to be a poetic and even a humanistic motif, one in which the very deed is magnified.