We are deeply saddened to report the passing of our colleague Miroslav Svirčević, whose work we have been privileged to publish in the past, and whose last article, “Serbian Radical Party 1881–1903: Ideology and Its Sources,” appears in this issue of Serbian Studies. Read the full issue here.
Born in Belgrade in 1970, Dr. Svirčević attended high school in Pančevo and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade. There he achieved an average of 9.80 and was awarded an internship at the prestigious Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., in 2009. His Master’s thesis, The Dawn of Democracy in Westminster, and his doctoral dissertation, Development of Local Government and the Development of the Modern Serbian State, were published in 2001 and 2011, respectively.
Dr. Svirčević’s professional appointments included that of Research Associate at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in which capacity he investigated the influence of Western European ideas on the development of legal and political institutions in Serbia and other Balkan countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. He also pursued studies of the development of modern libertarianism and the Austrian school of economics. A dedicated and tireless scholar, Dr. Svirčević published dozens of scientific papers in national and international journals, as well as reviews and articles. He was a participant in numerous winter and summer institutes, scientific symposia, and congresses on Balkanology and Libertarianism in Serbia and abroad.
Dr. Svirčević passed away on August 10, 2014
This volume of Serbian Studies is dedicated to the life, experience, and contributions of the Jewish people in Serbia. Their lengthy history on the Balkan Peninsula dates to Roman times. As in the case of other ethnic groups in Antiquity, they were drawn to Serbian lands for a variety of practical considerations, including the opportunities and ease of trade via the peninsula’s network of waterways that provided access to major centers of commerce. Although initially modest in number, Jewish settlements and population increased substantially during the Middle Ages and the period of the Ottoman occupation. Read the full journal here.
This special issue of Serbian Studies focuses on the contributions of Serbian women to the first and second generations of the “New Woman” movement that spread across Europe from the latter part of the nineteenth century to 1950. The second wave of “new women” was documented photographically and presented in 2011 in an exhibition entitled “Being Beautiful” at the Historical Museum in Belgrade. The exhibition presented images of the Serbian “New Woman” during the 1930s—wearing trousers and walking down city streets as well as lounging in stylish interiors. During this historical period, women worked to establish a public presence for themselves as teachers, writers, doctors, artists, and professionals in many other fields. Their entry into these uncharted territories resulted in remarkable work that revealed their professional struggles as well as professional advancements. Read the full volume here.
The two volumes (Volume 24(1- 2)) of Serbian Studies are dedicated to Belgrade. Central to the history and culture of the Serbian people and over centuries the city bas played an integral and often pivotal role in the events beyond its borders and in the world--east and west. Through articles, poetry, and prose these volumes speak to the complex, multifaceted character of Belgrade. Read the full volume here.
This issue of the Serbian Studies is dedicated to Laza K. Lazarević (1851–91), a prominent Serbian medical doctor and writer. Lazarević was born in Šabac, to a merchant father, Kuzman, and a homemaker mother, Jelka. In 1860, Laza’s father died and his mother took care of her son and three daughters. After finishing high school in 1865, Lazarević went to Belgrade where he became a student in the Faculty of Law at Velika škola (Serbian School of Higher Education). There he was an admirer of Svetozar Marković, and translated Gogol’s “Diary of a Madman,” and a part of Nikolay Chernyshevsky’s novel, What Is To Be Done? In 1872, Laza K. Lazarević became a medical student in Berlin, where he earned a medical degree in 1879. In between he participated as a field doctor in the Serbo-Turkish War of 1876 and 1878, and later became the personal physician to Serbian king Milan Obrenović. Together with the first Serbian female doctor, Draga Ljočić (1855–1926), Lazarević voluntarily took care of female students. Read more of the full volume here.
A special issue on David Albahari. David Albahari (b. 1948) is one of the most respected contemporary writers in the Serbian language. He published his first collection of short stories
Porodi!no vreme (Family Time) in 1973, and more collections have followed in regular intervals since then: Obi!ne pri!e (Ordinary Stories, 1978), Opis smrti (Description of Death, 1982), Fras u "upi (Shock in Shed, 1984), Jednostavnost (Simplicity, 1988), Pelerina (Cape, 1993), Neobi!ne pri!e
(Unusual Stories, 1999), and Drugi jezik (Another Language, 2003). The following selections of his stories Izabrane pri!e (Selected Stories) and Najlep"e pri!e Davida Albaharija (The Best Stories of David Albahari) were published in 1994 and 2001. Read the full volume here.