The land, people, and history of the Balkan Peninsula have often attracted the attention of foreign historians and writers. Yet a lack of research in primary sources and an absence of critical evaluations of Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian histories undermines the credibility of such work. This collection, penned by eminent historians, examines Balkan cultural legacies in a variety of contexts. They combine approaches from history, literature, fine arts, and architecture, and address issues crucial to the cultural identities of the Balkans and Serbia in particular. Topics range from the activities of the Middle Ages to the early disintegration of Yugoslavia. Contributors focus on the question of territory and people and their geographical proximity. They examine commonalities of language, history, and cultural legacies, and revise perceptions of nationalism and ethnicity through an exploration of historical records and the political borders of state sovereignty.
Jelena Milojkovic-Djuric is the author of numerous works on Balkan culture, including Tradition and Avant-Garde: The Arts in Serbian Culture Between the Two World Wars; Panslavism and National Identity in the Balkans, 1830-1880: Images of the Self and Other; Tradition and Avant-Garde: Literature and Arts in Serbian Culture, 1900-1918; The Eastern Question and the Voices of Reason: Austria-Hungary, Russia, and the Balkan States, 1875-1908; and Aspects of Balkan Culture: Social, Political, and Literary Perception, among others.