Nationalist Mobilization and Stories of Serb Suffering: The Kosovo myth from 600th anniversary to the present

  title={Nationalist Mobilization and Stories of Serb Suffering: The Kosovo myth from 600th anniversary to the present},
  author={Florian Bieber},
  journal={Rethinking History},
  pages={110 - 95}
  • F. Bieber
  • Published 1 April 2002
  • Sociology
  • Rethinking History
This article focuses on how the myth of the Kosovo battle of 1389 was resurrected as part of the nationalist revival in Serbia in the later 1980s, and the different ends to which it was put during the violent struggles of the 1990s. Cultivated through centuries of Ottoman rule, the myth decreased in importance during the communist period but re-emerged in Serbia in the 1980s as a powerful mobilizing tool, often juxtaposed with the supposed 'genocide' of Serbs at the hands of Albanians in the… 
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