[New Book] Glauben im Hinterland. Die Serbisch-Orthodoxen in der habsburgischen Herzegowina 1878–1918

Grunert, Heiner: Glauben im Hinterland. Die Serbisch-Orthodoxen in der habsburgischen Herzegowina 1878–1918. Göttingen 2016 (Religiöse Kulturen im Europa der Neuzeit 8).

588 Seiten mit 9 Abb., 1 Karte und 2 Tab. gebunden
ISBN 978-3-525-31029-8


About the book (in German):

Das Buch untersucht Religion auf dem Balkan am Beispiel serbisch-orthodoxer Gemeinschaften in der Herzegowina – in einer überwiegend gebirgigen, ländlichen und religiös vielfältigen Region. Hier lebte man religiösen Glauben im 19. Jahrhundert vor allem in den Familien. Geistliche und die Kirchenorganisation spielten nur eine untergeordnete, nicht selten ungeliebte Rolle.… Read the rest

[New Book] Islam and Nationhood in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Based on substantial fieldwork and thorough knowledge of written sources, Xavier Bougarel offers an innovative analysis of the post-Ottoman and post-Communist history of Bosnian Muslims. Islam and Nationhood in Bosnia-Herzegovina explores little-known aspects of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, unravels the paradoxes of Bosniak national identity, and retraces the transformations of Bosnian Islam from the end of the Ottoman period to today. It offers fresh perspectives on the wars and post-war periods of the Yugoslav space, the forming of national identities and the strength of imperial legacies in Eastern Europe, and Islam’s presence in Europe.… Read the rest

[New Book] Orthodox Christian Renewal Movements in Eastern Europe

Editors: Djurić Milovanović, Aleksandra, Radić, Radmila (Eds.)

Orthodox Christian Renewal Movements in Eastern | Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović | Springer

Book description
This book explores the changes underwent by the Orthodox Churches of Eastern and Southeastern Europe as they came into contact with modernity. The movements of religious renewal among Orthodox believers appeared almost simultaneously in different areas of Eastern Europe at the end of the nineteenth and during the first decades of the twentieth century. This volume examines what could be defined as renewal movement in Eastern Orthodox traditions.… Read the rest

[New Book] Stefano Bottoni: Long Awaited West. Eastern Europe since 1944

Stefano Bottoni: Long Awaited West. Eastern Europe since 1944 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, October 2017)

What is Eastern Europe and why does this large regions feel nowadays distant from the European core?

This book tells the story of how Central and Eastern Europe became part of the Soviet empire. It explains how did this strange empire consolidate, how did it start declining and how it did fall apart in 1989. Even most importantly, this book explores how Soviet-ruled Eastern Europe strove to develop and implement its own pattern of modernization, and then, following the fall of the Iron Curtain, spent some two and a half decades posing as a kind of pupil of the West.
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[New Book] Sexuality after War Rape: From Narrative to Embodied Research

Sexuality after War Rape
From Narrative to Embodied Research
By Nena Močnik

This book examines the potential impact of rape survivors’ traumatic experiences in post-conflict zones. With specific attention given to the experiences of women who were sexually abused during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, it addresses the sexuality of survivors, which has so far been inadequately researched, and challenges the stereotypical and victimized images and narrations that have so far prevailed in academic and public discourse about women survivors while exploring the effects of those narratives on the political, social and economic status of the survivors themselves.… Read the rest

[NEW BOOK] Managing Ambiguity. How Clientelism, Citizenship, and Power Shape Personhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Managing Ambiguity. How Clientelism, Citizenship, and Power Shape Personhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. Berghahn Books. 2017

Carna Brkovic


Why do people turn to personal connections to get things done? Exploring the role of favors in social welfare systems in postwar, postsocialist Bosnia and Herzegovina, this volume provides a new theoretical angle on links between ambiguity and power. It demonstrates that favors were not an instrumental tactic of survival, nor a way to reproduce oneself as a moral person. Instead, favors enabled the insertion of personal compassion into the heart of the organization of welfare.… Read the rest

[New Book] Im Namen der Nation. Der politische Aufwertungsprozess der Muslime im sozialistischen Jugoslawien (1956-1971)

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce the publication of my book:

Lucic, Iva: Im Namen der Nation. Der politische Aufwertungsprozess der Muslime im sozialistischen Jugoslawien (1956-1971). 2016. 335p. (Studia Historica Upsaliensia, Bd. 256).
ISBN 978-91-554-9547-3
The book is on sale from the publisher

You can also order it via email:
About the book (in German):

Als im Jahr 1945 das sozialistische Jugoslawien gegr¸ndet wurde, ging die Kommunistische Partei Jugoslawiens davon aus, dass die Muslime als “national unbestimmte” Gruppe sich im Laufe der Zeit als Serben oder Kroaten national deklarieren w¸rden.… Read the rest

[New Book] The Cultural Life of Capitalism in Yugoslavia

The Cultural Life of Capitalism in Yugoslavia: (Post)Socialism and Its Other

Editors: Jelaca, Dijana, Kolanović, Maša, Lugarić, Danijela (Eds.)

  • Examines the complex and transformative nature of cultural forms that perpetually challenge the capitalism vs. socialism binary in provocative ways that extend beyond the case of Yugoslavia;
  • Brings together leading scholars and emerging stars in the field across disciplines to offer a truly multidisciplinary approach to the experience and legacy of post-socialist issues and culture via a unified theoretical framework
  • Provides insight to the intricacies of Yugoslavia’s arguably unorthodox form of socialism

Link to the publisher

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[New Book] Feminist Activism at War: Belgrade and Zagreb Feminists in the 1990s

Feminist Activism at War: Belgrade and Zagreb Feminists in the 1990s
A. Miskovska Kajevska

Routledge, 2017

About the Book
This book describes, compares, explains, and contextualises the positionings, i.e. discourses and activities, which feminists in Belgrade, Serbia and Zagreb, Croatia produced in relation to the (post-)Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Two types of positionings are analysed: those which the feminists have produced on the (sexual) war violence and those which they have produced on each other.

Applying a Bourdieuian framework and using interviews with key feminist and peace activists in the region alongside a thorough examination of organisational documents and printed media articles, Ana Miskovska Kajevska challenges the common suggestion that the outbreak of the war violence in 1991 led to the same reorganisation of the Belgrade and Zagreb feminist fields.… Read the rest

[New Book] Europe’s Balkan Muslims. A New History

Nathalie Clayer and Xavier Bougarel, Europe’s Balkan Muslims. A New History (translated by Andrew Kirby), London, Hurst, 2017.


There are roughly eight million Muslims in south-east Europe, among them Albanians, Bosniaks, Turks and Roma ‘ descendants of converts or settlers in the Ottoman period. This new history of the social, political and religious transformations that this population experienced in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries ‘ a period marked by the collapse of the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires and by the creation of the modern Balkan states ‘ will shed new light on the European Muslim experience.… Read the rest

[UK] Performing Feminity: Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema (Book launch)

Performing Feminity: Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema (Book launch)

Start: May 08, 2017 05:30 PM
End: May 08, 2017 07:30 PM

Location: Masaryk Senior Common Room, UCL SSEES

Rachel Morley (UCL SSEES)

Performing Feminity

The UCL SSEES Russian Cinema Research Group warmly invites you to a drinks reception to celebrate the publication of Dr Rachel Morley’s monograph, Performing Femininity: Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema (I.B.Tauris, 2017). Julian Graffy, Professor Emeritus of Russian Literature and Cinema, will introduce the book.

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[New Book] European Community – Yugoslav Relations

Official relations between the then European Community and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia were established in 1968. The two decades that followed were a period of great uncertainty, culminating in the late 1980s, with many Community officials being quite sceptical about the future of the Yugoslav federation. The Community’s decision in early 1992 to recognize Slovenia and Croatia as independent states, leading to the disintegration of Yugoslavia, has inspired numerous diametrically opposed explanations of policy choices, often raising as many questions as they answer.… Read the rest

[New Book] Roma: Past, present, future

Roma: Past, present, future

Hristo Kyuchukov, Elena Marushiakova & Vesselin Popov (eds.)

Volume 4 of the Roma series contents a collection of papers presented at the Annual Conference of Gypsy Lore Society, which took place in Chisinau, Moldova.

The papers are from all scientific areas of Romani studies: history, anthropology, linguistics, education, and musicology. The specificity of this volume is that first time the researchers from East European countries are well represented. Established experts in the field, together with young scholars presented their research findings at the highest forum of Romani studies.… Read the rest

[New Book] Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community

During two terrifying days and nights in early September 1941, the lives of nearly two thousand men, women, and children were taken savagely by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community straddling today’s border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia. This frenzy—in which victims were butchered with farm tools, drowned in rivers, and thrown into deep vertical caves—was the culmination of a chain of local massacres that began earlier in the summer. In Violence as a Generative Force, Max Bergholz tells the story of the sudden and perplexing descent of this once peaceful multiethnic community into extreme violence.… Read the rest

Gender in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe and the USSR

Editor Catherine Baker
ISBN 9781137528025
Publication Date December 2016
Publisher Palgrave

A concise and accessible introduction to the gender histories of eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the twentieth century. These essays juxtapose established topics in gender history such as motherhood, masculinities, work and activism with newer areas, such as the history of imprisonment and the transnational history of sexuality.

By collecting these essays in a single volume, Catherine Baker encourages historians to look at gender history across borders and time periods, emphasising that evidence and debates from Eastern Europe can inform broader approaches to contemporary gender history.… Read the rest

[UK] Dr Vladimir Unkovski-Korica:The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-Alignment (Book launch)

Start: Nov 15, 2016 06:00 PM
End: Nov 15, 2016 08:00 PM

Location: Room 432, UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street

The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito's Yugoslavia

Josip Broz Tito’s reshaped Yugoslav state became an influential pivot between East and West during the Cold War. Here, Vladimir Unkovski-Korica re-assesses struggles over the country’s economic model from the Second World War, through the Tito–Stalin split of 1948, to the slow opening to the world market in the 1950s and 1960s. Relying on new archival evidence, he outlines the contradictions between Tito’s commitment to building a competition state and fashioning a participatory economy.

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