Marko Attila Hoare, "Serbia: A Modern History" (Oxford UP, 2024)


“Serbia is a country that has inspired exceptional intellectual interest,” writes Marko Marko Attila Hoare in Serbia: A Modern History (Hurst/Oxford UP, 2024). “It was centrally involved in the crises marking both the start and end of Europe’s 20th century: the outbreak of World War I in 1914 and the Wars of Yugoslav Succession beginning in 1991. Yet this interest has not translated into a large English-language historiography of the country”.

This exhaustive political history of Serbia from the first uprising against the Ottomans in 1804 until the collapse and occupation by the Axis powers in 1941 (and its planned sequel) is intended to help fill that gap.

Marko Attila Hoare is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Sarajevo’s School of Science and Technology. He has specialised in the former Yugoslavia for 30 years, which has included hands-on work with a Bosnian relief convoy and as part of the team prosecuting Serbia's former president Slobodan Milošević in The Hague. He has taught at Cambridge and Kingston and is the author of four books on Bosnia.

*The author's book recommendations are The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics by Ivo Banac (Cornell University Press, 1984) and Stillborn Republic: Social Coalitions and Party Strategies In Greece, 1922– 1936 by George Mavrogordatos (University of California Press, 1992).

Tim Gwynn Jones is an economic and political-risk analyst at Medley Advisors, who also writes the twenty4two newsletter on Substack and hosts the In The Room podcast series.

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