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Југословенске кризе (1918–1941) и Други светски рат на простору Србије у новијој српској историографији
Yugoslavian Crisis (1918–1941) and WW II on Territory of Serbia in Recent Serbian Historiography

Author(s): Dušan R. Bajagić, Aleksandar Stojanović
Subject(s): Civil Society, Governance, Military history, Political history, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939), WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Politics of History/Memory
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Yugoslavia; Serbia; crisis; war; historiography;
Summary/Abstract: In the focus of this article Yugoslavian crisis (1918–1941) and Serbia in the WWII are lying. Article shows main currents of Serbian and Yugoslav historiography from 1945 onwards, with in-detail retrospective of the most important researches published in last twenty years. It is established that historiography was under great political pressure in the first two decades after the WWII and during the civil-war era in the 1990’s. Social and political revolution that occurred in Yugoslavia as an outcome of civil war waged from 1941 to 1945 brought Yugoslav communist to power after the war. Tito and Party proclaimed parameters for official writing of history, with affirmation of partizan movement and communism as one of the main directions. This kind of relation toward the past dominated Yugoslav history until late 1970’s and emergence of several important researches conducted in accordance to scientific standards of historiography and mostly free from political influences. Since then an increase in quality of historiographic production can be seen. However, this positive tendency came to end with the outbreak of wars for Yugoslav heritage in 1990’s, when most of historiography was under very strong influence of nationalism and war rhetoric. During that period part of historiography production was subdued to intense revision, especially themes connected to civil war during the WWII in Yugoslavia. New century came with new historical approaches and with new themes of research, broading and improving horizonts of Serbian historiography.

  • Page Range: 559-631
  • Page Count: 73
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Serbian