The Mountain Wreath is the anathema upon the Ottomanization of some small areas of Montenegro.
Njegosh dedicates the Mountain Wreath
to the dust of the Father of Serbia, Karageorge Petrovich.
The Mountain Wreath is the epic about
the glory of the Cross of the Serbs in Montenegro. In the 19th century, Alfred Lord Tennyson, (1809—1892), referred to Montenegrins as the mighty race of the
mountaineers—the defenders of Christian faith.
Njegosh, our great and beloved
Prince-Bishop of Montenegro
was a wise judge of his time, but Time itself is the ultimate judge. Today
there are some small areas in Montenegro
populated by the Slavic Muslims who love their Montenegro and build it in a brotherly
unity together with other Montenegrins.
II Petrovich Njegosh,
(1813—1851); The Prince-Bishop of Montenegro
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