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In 1945 Tito wrote. ‘We mean to make Yugoslavia both democratic and independent’. How was this possible, asks Basil Davidson, for a war-torn Communist country in a world of super-powers?

Numerous untruths have persisted about Gavrilo Princip, the man who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand. One of them was used by Austria-Hungary as grounds for its declaration of war against Serbia in 1914.

Volume: 64 Issue: 7 2014

Mary Sparks describes a female citizen of Sarajevo, whose life in the city coincided with the period of Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and whose impact on the social and cultural events reflected the modern aspirations of the city in the time leading up to the First World War

Volume: 63 Issue: 12 2013

Richard C. Hall looks at the bloody conflicts in south-eastern Europe which became the blueprint for a century of conflict in the region.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

‘Black’ propaganda in south-east Europe took many forms during the Second World War. Ioannis Stefanidis looks at top secret British attempts to undermine Nazi domination of the Balkans via the airwaves.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

Richard Cavendish provides an overview of the life and career of the Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha, who died on April 11th, 1985.

Volume: 60 Issue: 4 2010

With the trial of the former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic due to begin, Nick Hawton reflects on his time reporting in a region where history is still used to justify war.

Volume: 59 Issue: 8 2009

John Etty questions whether Serb nationalism was an irresistible force that helped unleash the First World War.

Issue: 63 2009

Steve Morewood investigates Anthony Eden’s frenetic diplomatic efforts to forge a Balkan front to save Greece from Nazi Germany and the controversies that resulted from his failed mission.

Volume: 58 Issue 9 2008

Richard Cavendish charts the events leading up to King Zog I's coronation on September 1st, 1928.

Volume: 58 Issue 9 2008

Markus Bauer hopes that Romania’s membership of the European Union will enable it to face down the ghosts of its troubled twentieth-century past.

Volume: 57 Issue: 2 2007
On May 21st, Montenegrins are being asked, in a long-delayed referendum, if they want to end their union with Serbia. James Evans explains the background to their momentous decision.
Volume: 56 Issue: 5 2006

Robert Johnson puts the decline of a once-great Empire into an international context.

Issue: 52 2005

Richard Cavendish describes how King Alexander and Queen Draga of Serbia were assassinated during the night of June 10th/11th, 1903.

Volume: 53 Issue: 6 2003

Roman Golicz looks at English attitudes to Russia during the Eastern Crisis of 1870-78.

Volume: 53 Issue: 9 2003

Josip Broz, known as Tito since the 1930s, was elected President of the Federal Assembly of Yugoslavia on January 13th, 1953.

Volume: 53 Issue: 1 2003

Jason Tomes looks at the reign of King Zog.

Volume: 51 Issue: 9 2001

In the 50 years after its opening in 1948 by dictator Enver Hoxhe, Albania's Institute of Archaology is now suffering from a funding shortage, but is still maintinaing its work and museum.

Volume: 50 Issue: 3 2000
Penny Young looks at the ambititious plans to reconstruct the celebrated Ottoman bridge in Mostar, destroyed by fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovinia.
Volume: 50 Issue: 2 2000

The sorry history of ethnic conflict in the Balkans, concluding that forgeign intervention has needlessly fanned the flames of nationalism.

Volume: 49 Issue: 9 1999

Mikhail Gorbachev's period as President of the Soviet Union, 1985-91, was truly revolutionary. But Steven Morewood argues that he failed to understand or control the forces he unleashed.

Issue: 31 1998

The troubled history of the region, and the deep-rooted antagonisms between the different ethnic groups laying claim to it.

Volume: 48 Issue: 11 1998

Ann Hills investigates Romania's rural rescue scheme.

Volume: 44 Issue: 2 1994
Caught between the bear and the eagle – Dennis Deletant examines how one Balkan nation with substantial minorities problems, struggled in vain to avoid being swept aside in the gathering storms of inter-war Europe.
Volume: 42 Issue: 6 1992

A small, far-away country, but one whose tangled relations with its neighbours, Ian Armour suggests, lead inexorably to the debacle of 1914.

Volume: 38 Issue: 8 1988
Stuart A. Schram continues our Makers of the 20th Century series. That Mao Zedong has changed the course of modern history is beyond dispute. the extent of his influence, both in China and abroad, has however been a matter of fierce debate since his death in 1976.
Volume: 31 Issue: 4 1981
To mark the occasion of the fifteenth International Congress of Historical Sciences, being held in Bucharest from 9th-15th of this month, we present a portrait of the Romanian capital.
Volume: 30 Issue: 8 1980

In 1945 Tito wrote. ‘We mean to make Yugoslavia both democratic and independent’. How was this possible, asks Basil Davidson, for a war-torn Communist country in a world of super-powers?

Volume: 30 Issue 10 1980

Stephen Clissold uncovers a brutal crime with its roots deep in the rank soil of Balkan politics.

Volume: 29 Issue: 10 1979

David Woodward describes insurrection in the Austro-Hungarian fleet on February 1st, 1918.

Volume: 26 Issue: 12 1976

Gilbert John Millar introduces Christians from the Ottoman Empire who served in European armies.

Volume: 26 Issue: 7 1976

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