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Nationalism
Nationalism

In 1389 on Kosovo Polje, the Field of Blackbirds, the Ottoman Turks defeated the Serbs, overtaking the land the Serbs saw as the birthplace of their nation. Already important to the Serbs, the status of the battlefield and Kosovo elevated in the minds of the Serbian nation, who infused the hallowed ground with the emotion of losing the battle and stories of Serbian leaders, including Tsar Lazar, who fought to maintain the Serbian state. Through epic poems such as “The Battle of Kosovo,” Tsar Lazar took on hero status and came to represent the greatness of the Serbian state and the resiliency of the Serbian nation. The territory of Kosovo has changed hands several times since 1389, and throughout this time the Serbian nation ...

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