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Eine kommentierte Edition
Anna Wasa (1568–1625) war die Tochter des schwedischen Königs Johann III. und der polnischen Prinzessin Katarina Jagellonica. Sie wurde katholisch erzogen, konvertierte jedoch bereits 1583 zum Protestantismus und blieb bis an ihr Lebensende eine glühende Lutheranerin. Sie war eine umfassend gebildete und wissenschaftlich interssierte Frau, die in der Literatur auch „Königin der polnischen Botanik“ genannt wird. Als ihr Bruder Sigismund III. von Polen König wurde, begleitete sie ihn dorthin und starb ledig. Diese mit einer ausführlichen Einleitung versehene Edition versammelt erstmals Anna Wasas Korrespondenz – ein für die Kulturgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit bedeutsamer Quellenbestand. Die auf Schwedisch, Deutsch und Polnisch verfassten Briefe werden alle durch Regesten in deutscher Sprache erschlossen.
Brill's Companions to the Slavic World (BCSW) is a series of peer-reviewed handbooks and reference works featuring current research on the history, visual, literary and folk culture as well as intellectual thought of the Slavic world from the middle ages to the present. Of special interest to this Series is research on the modern period in Slavic arts and letters. Dealing with persons, literary and artistic movements, schools of thought and creative genres, and written by the leading contemporary scholars in the pertinent fields, the series seeks to publish cutting edge research rooted in the contemporaneous critical discourse, which contributes to the existing scholarship on a given subject. Volumes in the Series are designed to act as essential tools needed to provide a complete introduction to a given topic of Slavic Studies. The production of the series is overseen by an editorial board comprised of specialists in the volumes’ focus areas.

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This companion book offers the first comparative publication on political leaders in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of communism. Through the perspective on leadership, the chapters look analytically at the processes of democratization, the shaping of the party systems and parliamentary elections in the region. Students and scholars will gain a much better understanding of the political developments in the region. Moreover, the work is also helpful to reflect on leadership questions in the context of the stabilized democracies of Western Europe and for other countries still in their institutionalization phase.
The Institute for Balkan Studies (IBS) of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art is a leading scholarly institution for multidisciplinary humanities studies of the Balkans and a host of European and international research projects. The origin of the Institute goes back to the Institut des Études balkaniques founded in Belgrade in 1934 as the only of its kind in the Balkans. Its work was banned by the occupation authorities in 1941. The institute was restarted only in 1969 under its present-day name and under the auspices of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. It assembled a team of scholars to cover the Balkans from prehistory to the modern age and in a range of different fields of study such as archaeology, ethnography, anthropology, history, culture, art, literature, law. This multidisciplinary approach has remained its long-term orientation as the numerous publications of the IBS show. The series Publications of the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art has been founded to present in English to an international readership: outstanding monographs, edited volumes and important key texts on the history and culture of the Balkans
This first English publication of Vladimir Ćorović’s study is a culmination of efforts that had started long before this book saw the light of day. The origin of this work goes back to the late 1920s when Yugoslav officials and intellectuals decided to provide a competent, scholarly work of international reputation on the question of the origins of the World War I. The publication of the book planned for 1936 could not be realized as the Yugoslav government complied with a request from the Third Reich to cancel it. A work that was likely to delve into the responsibility of not just Austria-Hungary, but also of the German Empire for the outbreak of the Great War was not welcome to Nazi Germany. Even today Ćorović’s book is worth reading to check the state of discussion in the aftermath of more recent publications on the outbreak of World War I.