Science and politics: modern Russian historiography about Bosnia and Herzegovina Cover Image

Nauka i politika: moderna ruska historiografija o Bosni i Hercegovini
Science and politics: modern Russian historiography about Bosnia and Herzegovina

Author(s): Safet Bandžović
Subject(s): Political history, Government/Political systems, Political behavior, Nationalism Studies, History of Communism, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Source Material, Geopolitics, Politics and Identity
Published by: Akademija Nauka i Umjetnosti Bosne i Hercegovine
Keywords: Russian historiography; Bosnia and Herzegovina; interpretation; politics; Balkans;
Summary/Abstract: The periods of deep political and social quakes always bring reconsideration and rearrangement of the events that happened in the past. Disappearance of ideological paradigm, changes in global politics and epochal consciousness affected the return of the pre-socialist past, its romantization and idealization, as well as revisionist change of social determinants that were used for historical interpretations in post-socialist countries with the intense action of politics, nationalism and history in their historiographies. Even the bigger historiographies like Russian, are not immune from political pressure in relation to its own history, and histories of other countries and nations. There are many differences between the Soviet and the modern Russian historiography, as well as their forms. Due to the wish to control history, the international and class principle gave its place to the more active, national one, with the renewal of its identity that is clean from communist influence. Interests and politics of superpowers leave a huge mark in the history of the Balkan nations. Political disputes and positioning affect the historiographies and they play a big role in determining the topics that need to be researched. Dissolution of Yugoslavia and the emergence of new post-Yugoslav states on the European political map worsened the efforts of Russian historians in analyzing and researching their past and modernity. The increase of Russian interest in researching the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina is related to the political crises and conflicts in that area and wider Balkan context. Their attention is mostly focused on the Eastern Crisis (1875–1878.) and the Bosnian / Annexation crisis (1908–1909), dissolution of the SFRY and the “post-Yugoslav” wars. They also do research about the events that occured in this area in the last decade of the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st century.

  • Page Range: 245-294
  • Page Count: 50
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian