Report of an Intelligencer to a Diplomat Letters of Bogdan Radenković to Milan Rakić (1907-1912) Cover Image

Извештаји обавештајца дипломати. Писма Богдана Раденковића Милану Ракићу (1907-1912)
Report of an Intelligencer to a Diplomat Letters of Bogdan Radenković to Milan Rakić (1907-1912)

Author(s): Biljana Vučetić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: Bogdan Radenković; Milan Rakić; Correspondence; Organization of Ottoman Serbs; Young Turks; Espionage

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this paper is to publish correspondence of Bogdan Radenković, the renown Serbian national worker and leader of Serbian Organization in the Ottoman Empire to the prominent diplomat and poet Milan Rakić. Radenković`s letters to Rakić are kept in the Archive of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in the collection which contains legacy of Milan Rakić. These nine letters were written in the period 1907-1912, at times when Serbian national organization in Turkey was finally shaped as legitimate Organization of Ottoman Serbs. Since Bogdan Radenković had one of the most significant roles in the Serbian national movement in the Ottoman Empire at the beginnin of 20th century as a stealthy leader of chetniks, who worked in perfect confidentiality from Ottoman authorities as well as from his fellow Serbs, his letters have specific value. As a loyal citizen of the Ottoman Empire he worked as a professor in the Gymnasium of Skoplje, but most of the time he has conducted chetniks organization as an agent of Consulate of Kingdom of Serbia in Skoplje. On the other hand, Milan Rakić was an official representative of Kingdom of Serbia in the Ottoman Empire, in the Consulates in Pristina and Skoplje. In most of the letters Radenković is seeking for advice from Rakić, concerning situation within Serbian organization, and problems in relations with the other Serbian national workers in the Ottoman empire and in the Ministry for foreign affairs of the Kingdom of Serbia. Radenković also reported to Rakić about the relationship of Serbian representatives with the party of Young Turks in Ottoman Parliament formed after the 1908 revolution. The one of three letters written in 1912 deals with negotiations of Serbian Democratic League with the Turkish Party. The last two especially interesting letters Radenković wrote to Rakić at the same day in the August 1912, in the eve of the First Balkan War, roughly explaining his current spy mission to Kosovo.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 29
  • Page Range: 153-169
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Serbian