“The truth about the Battle of Kosovo” and the deconstruction of the myth of the constituent

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battle-of-kosovoCompletely the same error appears when accessing Serbian historiography themes of Kosovo. First of all, the importance of the battle itself is relativized, putting it in context Vukašinovog and Uglješinog debacle of Marica, as well as pointing out that the Serbian country largely remained free for decades.

Certain historians even trying to “Kosovo’s death” appear as a victory, saying (in the best spirit of the Yugoslav propaganda related to the Second World War) that “the Battle of Kosovo slowed the advance of the Turks into Europe at least half a century.” Although Serbian historians of Prince Lazar written with undisguised sympathy, rather than moral, and a resolute hero of the Christian knight, they portray him as “one of the feuding nobles”, “beat to truly unify the Serbian land”, and often as a kind of “extremists” who Serbian people took in “a conflict that can not win.”

Against this “grounded” figure Lazarus Serbian historiography for his minions declared his son, Despot Stefan, with his “wise policy” to use and allows to “mediate between East and West”, gets Belgrade (very important detail of Serbian intellectuals from the “circle of two “), while his knighthood proves not so much in the battle of Angora, as membership in one of the Western chivalry lodge. Similarly, Serbian historians now open rehibilituju figure Vuk Brankovic marking it “a victim of folk literature” and saying that his resistance to the Turks, was no less decisive than Lazarus, if he was “deliberate and rational.”

Similar victims cenzorskog knife historiography fallen minions and Serbian folk memory – Obilich and Marko the Prince, as well as two, probably the greatest national heroes. While only Obilićevo existence challenged, opening an easy way to Albanian kriptoistoričarima to adopt it at the expense of respect to him for centuries indicated arbanašaka tribe, was his act is completely in the spirit of the official Turkish historiography, assessed as neviteški and treacherous act almost as a “četrnaestovekovni terrorism “.

(Of course, such an interpretation is necessary to exactly the same score will easily attach other “famous Serbian terrorists” and “careubici” – Gavrilo Princip.) On the other hand, the demystification of character Prince Mark long been penetrated and the Serbian elementary school textbooks, where the “Serbian Heracles” and a sort of embodiment and paradigm Serbian people as a whole turns into a “political weakling” and “Turkish vassal.

How is the memory of unrestrained vitality, heartfelt immediacy and fire hastiness of this mighty uncomfortable for modern Serbia certainly no one showed so far as Radoja Domanovića, whose short story “Prince Mark second time the Serbs” reads like an absolutely modern and in our time.

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