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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.
Persons and Personalities as Agents of Modernization in the Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Space
The volume offers a new perspective towards the transformation of Southeast Europe through the lens of persons and personalities as agents of modernization. Exploring the experience of modernity through the lens of the personal allows for approaching transformation as a result of a specific conjuncture of ideas, influences, and beliefs. The book chapters address topics as diverse as political and institutional development, social and cultural transformations, economic and legal changes, and technological innovations in the Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Balkans. By doing so, the collection approaches the advent of modernity in Southeast Europe from various and even contrasting standpoints, highlighting the multiplicity of actors as well as the entanglement and interconnectedness of topics, arenas and scales of the modernization process.
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What was life like in the territories annexed by Russia in the 19th century? What were the views and attitudes of the Poles living in lands belonging to the Russian Empire? How did people arrange their lives when they did not take up revolutionary action and foreswore an open struggle with the Tsarist regime? Could one be a Polish patriot without fighting gun in hand for independence? The Russians believed that Poles were genetically preordained to be anti-Russian. Even in the west of Europe this charge of morbid Russophobia was taken to be the rule. It seems that this was one of the greatest falsehoods that Russian imperial propaganda managed to implement in the West. Leszek Zasztowt unfolds in this fascinating biography a much more complex reality through the life story of the medical scientist, academic and political activist Józef Mianowski (1804-1879), a man who served Russia and loved Poland.
Von 1800 bis zur Gegenwart
Series:  FOKUS, Volume: 16
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Oberschlesien ist seit langem einer der Hotspots der Migrationsgeschichte: Deutlich mehr als die Hälfte der heutigen Bevölkerung lebt dort erst in der zweiten oder dritten Generation. Andererseits haben viele aus der Region stammende Familien in West- und Mitteleuropa sowie in Nord- und Südamerika ihre Heimat gefunden. Da Oberschlesien außergewöhnlich stark von migrierenden, mobilen Menschen geprägt wurde und wird, lässt sich durch das Prisma des Themas Migration auch die Geschichte der Region selbst in neuen, vielfältigen Facetten darstellen. In diesem Buch richtet sich dabei die Aufmerksamkeit in erster Linie auf die handelnden Menschen, die trotz oftmals fehlender Bildungsmöglichkeiten, Armut und beschränktem politischen Einfluss ihren Weg suchten. Die Migrationsbewegungen, die von Oberschlesien ausgingen und nach Oberschlesien zurückführten, ließen transnationale Räume entstehen und prägten einen dynamischem Wandel unterworfenen deutsch-polnischen Grenzraum.
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This volume is a unique publication as it examines the Marxist attitudes in East Central European historiography and archaeology for the first time, with an emphasis on the co-existence of Marxist and other methodologies between the 1950s and 1970s in the local historiographies in question. Its approach is to distinguish between pseudo-Marxism as an ideological tool on the one hand, and Marxism in the form of historical materialism as a way to interpret the medieval world on the other.

Contributors are: Florin Curta, Piotr Guzowski, Adam Hudek, Tereza Johanidesová, Jitka Komendová, Jiří Macháček, Andrzej Marzec, Martin Nodl, Attila Pók, David Radek, Tadeusz Paweł Rutkowski, Iurie Stamati, Rafał Stobiecki, Gábor Thoroczkay, Przemysław Wiszewski, Piotr Węcowski, Martin Wihoda, and Dušan Zupka.
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Die "Forschungen zur baltischen Geschichte" sind das führende wissenschaftliche Periodikum mit einem Fokus auf der Geschichte der drei Staaten Estland, Lettland und Litauen. In diesem Heft geht es um die Beamten des Livländischen Zweiges des Deutschen Ordens, die Stellung der Pfarrfrauen in der Frühneuzeit, bildliche Darstellungen litauischer Husaren aus dem 17. und 18. Jahrhundert sowie den Versuch des Kreml, über seine Vertretung in Riga Einfluss auf die lettische Innenpolitik Mitte der 1920er Jahre zu nehmen. Zudem beschäftigen sich Beiträge mit dem Status der St. Petrikirche in Riga und diskutieren neue Schriften zum baltischen Mittelalter aus Frankreich sowie neue Studien zur Kartographie und Prostitution im Russländischen Reich. Ein umfangreicher Rezensionsteil rundet den diesjährigen Band der "Forschungen zur baltischen Geschichte" ab.