A Turbulent Decade. The Serbs in Post-1999 Kosovo
A Turbulent Decade. The Serbs in Post-1999 Kosovo
The purpose of this study is not to provide a detailed and complete picture of the life of Kosovo Serbs within Kosovo and Metohija province in the first post-war decade under international administration (UNMIK), but to point out the main political currents which primarily permitted, and then covered up the process of systematic discrimination, forced expulsions by the Albanian extremists and violation of their basic human rights by the dominant Albanian elites. All of this is an unacceptable political practice, apparently in sharp contrast with the basic European values and universal human rights. Furthermore, there is a particular emphasis on the unprecedented destruction of Serb patrimonial sites by the Kosovo Albanian extremists, mounting to 1,300 various medieval churches, monasteries, hermitages, medieval fortresses and palaces, various archaeological sites etc., which were and still are an significant patrimony of European and world culture, as confirmed by UNESCO, which enlisted four Serbian medieval monasteries in the UN-administered Kosovo on the list of World Heritage Sites: Dečani Monastery (Visoki Dečani), Patriarchate of Peć (Pećka patrijaršija), Gračanica Monastery (Gračanica) near Priština and The Mother of God of Ljeviša (Bogorodica Ljeviška), a cathedral in Prizren. Serbian monasteries in Kosovo, which have been since June 1999 guarded from the hostile Albanian environment for more than a decade by KFOR-troops, are the only European cultural monuments which were being protected from immediate destruction by strong international military forces, often by tanks, cannons or armoured vehicles, and defended by weapons as it was the case during the March Pogrom of 2004. The facts and analysis, mostly of Western and Balkan origin, presented in this book, with added documentation, might provide the additional scholarly, political and cultural interest for the extremely difficult position of Kosovo Serbs since June 1999. Obviously, the additional efforts to prevent the ongoing denial of basic human and community rights, as well as to improve the standard of the protection of human rights, property rights, freedom of movement and right to return for more than 200,000 internally displaced persons in central Serbia, remains to be badly needed for the rapidly declining Kosovo Serb community ― even after the unilateral proclamations of independence by the Albanian-dominated Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in Priština in February 2008 ― in this troublesome province of Serbia.
Les sources françaises de la démocratie serbe
Les sources françaises de la démocratie serbe

Nous avons affaire ici, au-delà du titre même de ce livre, à une véritable histoire du développement politique et institutionnel de la Serbie avant 1914, dans le contexte de ses rapports avec la France.

Le grand livre de Dušan T. Batakovic’, dont les conclusions sont toujours actuelles, montre admirablement l’évolution progressive et la modernisation d’un pays qui doit résoudre à la fois son problème politique interne et son problème national, cas fréquent à cette époque. Mais la Serbie disposait d’une base de départ, la démocratie agraire, qui n’existait pas ailleurs dans cette partie de l’Europe. Elle recevait d’autre part des influences multiples, françaises mais aussi britanniques, et pas seulement russes et austro-hongroises. Ce qui contribue à expliquer la situation très particulière de la Serbie dans cette partie du monde. Plus que d’autres pays de la région, la Serbie s’est montrée très tôt ouverte aux influences de l’Europe occidentale, et on comprend que l’alliance privilégiée franco-serbe reposait sur des réalités profondes, et pas seulement sur des considérations tactiques transitoires.

Serbia's Kosovo Drama. A Historical Perspective
Serbia's Kosovo Drama. A Historical Perspective

The thousand-year long history of Serbia's troublesome province of Kosovo (Kosovo and Metohija) is a case study of conflicting narratives and opposing versions of history.The case of Kosovo became famous worldwide after the Kosovo Albanian minority in Serbia, within the wider federal, communist Yugoslavia, organized separatist movements, fully backed by communist Albania, openly demanding, since 1981, secession from Serbia, and claiming the status of a constituent nation. It was an announcement of the coming collapse of Titoist Yugoslavia in 1991 .The violent dismemberment of communist Yugoslavia, followed by the series of wars for Yugoslav succession (1992-1995), had its last chapter with the NATO bombing campaign against Serbia and FR of Yugoslavia in 1999,followed by the UN protectorate over Kosovo, administered by UNMIK under UN SC Resolution 1244 of June 1999, and militarily protected by the NATO-led KFOR.
The following study, covering the period from the medieval times to unilateral proclamation of independence of Kosovo by the Kosovo Albanians in 2008, illustrated by a series of lesser known Kosovo-related documents, provides relevant historic insight into important elements of the Kosovo drama, in particular from Serbian, rarely quoted or deliberately neglected sources.

Istorija za sedmi razred osnovne škole
Istorija za sedmi razred osnovne škole
Histoire de peuple serbe
Histoire de peuple serbe

Méconnue et souvent interprétée de façon tendancieuse, réputée pour les controverses et les incompréhensions qu'elle suscite, l'histoire du peuple serbe s'inscrit au cœur de l'histoire européenne. Établis sur la péninsule balkanique depuis le VIe siècle, construisant leurs États successifs, les Serbes se situaient au carrefour des civilisations orientale et occidentale. Région sensible par sa situation géopolitique, la Serbie était le point de passage direct entre l'Europe centrale et le Proche-Orient. Les intérêts des grands empires, byzantin, ottoman et habsbourg, s'y heurtèrent pendant des siècles. Appartenant par des alliances diverses à Byzance au Moyen Âge, majoritairement de confession orthodoxe, les Serbes eurent une histoire ponctuée de migrations et d'affrontements; leur défi identitaire résida dans leur opposition aux prosélytismes catholique et islamique. Cette identité, plongeant ses racines dans le Moyen Âge et la culture populaire de tradition orale, a été modelée à l'épo'que moderne par son ouverture à l'Occident. Ainsi la Serbie prit place dans l'ensemble des nations d'Europe. « Piémont des Slaves du Sud », la Serbie a payé son indépendance au prix de nombreuses victimes dans le projet de la création de la Yougoslavie.

MINORITIES IN THE BALKAN
MINORITIES IN THE BALKAN

The questions regarding the status of the minorities in the Balkans over the past two centuries, seen against the backdrop of various government policies and ideological patterns, or simply as a vital test of interethnic relations, have remained a focus of both political and scholarly attention. The state context and the status of various national and ethnic groups have often undergone dramatic changes.

The Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire, two dominant multiethnic and multicultural empires encompassing most of the Balkans, were seriously challenged by the rising national demands encouraged by the 1804 Serbian Revolution against Ottomans, and followed by a succession of wars for national liberation and the establishment of nation-states. In that context, the relationship between the new Balkan states and their majority nation (or majority nations), on the one hand, and their internationally protected minorities or other minority groups, on the other, were, throughout nineteenth and twentieth centuries, difficult and strained.

LA SERBIE ET LA FRANCE. UNE ALLIANCE ATYPIQUE: LES RELATIONS POLITIQUES, ÉCONOMIQUES ET CULTURELLES 1870–1940
LA SERBIE ET LA FRANCE. UNE ALLIANCE ATYPIQUE: LES RELATIONS POLITIQUES, ÉCONOMIQUES ET CULTURELLES 1870–1940

La Serbie et la France. Une alliance atypique: les relations politiques, économiques et culturelles 1870–1940 is the latest publication of the Institute for Balkan Studies. Under the editorship of Dušan T. Bataković and contributed by twenty-five Serbian and French historians and historians of art and literature, the collection sheds light on all major aspects of Serbo-French relations in the second half of the 19th and first half of the 20th century.  This atypical alliance between the Principality, later Kingdom, of Serbia and France, the main source of political doctrines and revolutionary movements in 19th-century Europe, was never made formal, nor were its terms ever defined, but its genuineness overcame all trials and tribulations and was crowned in the Great War, when the two armies fought side by side. The alliance remained atypical even during the First World War; it rested on an identity of values rather than on political and territorial concessions at the expense of neighbours.

KOSOVO: UN CONFLIT SANS FIN?
KOSOVO: UN CONFLIT SANS FIN?

Dušan T. Bataković has published his fourth book in French, Kosovo: un conflit sans fin?, a monograph encompassing the past of Kosovo and Metohija from the middle ages to the status negotiations in 2006–2007. A historian above all, but also an eyewitness and a participant, Bataković provides a reliable in-depth account of the past of Serbia’s southern province (with new documentary sources for the period of Tito’s rule) as well as a detailed overview of UNMIK administration in the province (with emphasis on little known facts concerning the position of Serbs and other non-Albanians) and a brief summary of the status negotiations conducted 

KOSOVO AND METOHIJA. LIVING IN THE ENCLAVE
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA. LIVING IN THE ENCLAVE

The Institute for Balkan Studies has published an edited volume of European relevance, fully in English, Kosovo and Metohija. Living in the Enclave. The editor Dušan T. Bataković has shaped the volume around the themes that have been marking the life of the Serbs, Goranies and Roma in the province not only during the last nine years, but also during different periods in the past; under Ottoman rule or foreign occupation (First and Second World wars), living a life of confinement in enclaves emerges as one of the gloomy features both of the past and present of Kosovo and Metohija. The volume brings to light these complex realities, consciously ignored or unspoken in the West.

KOSOVO LA SPIRALE DE LA HAINE
KOSOVO LA SPIRALE DE LA HAINE
The New History of the Serbian People
The New History of the Serbian People

"Nova istorija srpskog naroda"  "The New History of the Serbian People"

The Serbs of Bosnia & Herzegovina
The Serbs of Bosnia & Herzegovina
KOSOVO-METOHIJA IN SERBO-ALBANIAN RELATIONS
KOSOVO-METOHIJA IN SERBO-ALBANIAN RELATIONS

Kosovo i Metohija u srpsko-arbanaskim odnosima" ("Kosovo-Metohija in Serbo-Albanian Relations")

Le Kosovo-Metohija dans l'histoire serbe
Le Kosovo-Metohija dans l'histoire serbe

Berceau de l'Etat médiéval et de la civilisation serbe, orné de centaines d'églises et de monastères, et peuplé depuis VIIe siècle par des Serbes, le Kosovo-Metohija fut en 1389 le théâtre d'une bataille fameuse de l'armée serbe et les Ottomans au Champs des Merles avec les conséquences  lourdes, qui sonna le glas de l'indépendance de la Serbie.

Près de cinq siècles de joug ottoman s'ensuivirent au cours desquels les Serbes, de religion chrétienne, eurent à subir une dure répression, le plus souvent menée par les Albanais musulmans et armés, au service des Ottomans. Au fur et à mesure que les Albanais descendaient de leurs montagnes et s'installaient de force dans la plaine du Kosovo, les Serbes étaient contraintes de quitter leur terre pour émigrer vers le nord de la Serbie et même au-delà, en Empire des Habsbourg (1690,1739). Ainsi, la situation démographique au Kosovo se modifiait au cours des siècles en faveur des Albanais. Cependant les Serbes restaient majoritaires au Kosovo jusqu'au début du XXe siècle.

La Yougoslavie : nations, religions, idéologies
La Yougoslavie : nations, religions, idéologies

Considérée depuis sa fondation comme un modèle encourageant de communauté multiethnique et multireligieuse, la Yougoslavie k fini par se disloquer dans la guerre et le chaos.      

Pour comprendre toute l'ampleur de ce drame, il fallait dépasser la sur­face des événements pour sonder leurs profondeurs politiques et histori­ques. L'étude de D. T. Bataković, qui est en même temps un préèis d'histoire, explique l'évolution des idéologies nationales des peuples sla­ves du sud depuis leur émergence au XIXe siècle jusqu'à la moit de Tito ën 1980, analysant avec rigueur les traces qu'elles ont laissées sur la destinée yougoslave. Situé aux confins de trois civilisations — l'Europe catholique, l'Europe orthodoxe et l'Orient musulman —, objet de toutes lés convoiti­ses stratégiques, le territoire yougoslave résume, dans son histoire, tous les conflits politiques et religieux de la civilisation européenne.         

THE BATTLE OF KOLUBARA 1914
THE BATTLE OF KOLUBARA 1914

"Kolubarska bitka" ("The Battle of Kolubara 1914")

KOSOVO AND METOHIJA: HISTORY AND IDEOLOGY
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA: HISTORY AND IDEOLOGY

The third volume of the Kosovo Trilogy by Dušan T. Bataković covers the key phenomena of the realities of Kosovo-Metohija from the end of the nineteenth century to the Vienna status negotiations 2005–2007 inclusive. Very well documented, based on the available and verified sources, the book considerably and with scholarly rigour contributes to our knowledge of Kosovo and Metohija. The volume is additionally enriched with a selection of authentic documents.

CONTEMPORARIES ON KOSOVO-METOHIJA 1850-1912
CONTEMPORARIES ON KOSOVO-METOHIJA 1850-1912

"Savremenici o Kosovu i Metohiji 1850-1912" "Contemporaries on Kosovo-Metohija 1850-1912"

KOSOVO-METOHIJA IN SERBIAN HISTORY
KOSOVO-METOHIJA IN SERBIAN HISTORY

Kosovo i Metohija u srpskoj istoriji" "Kosovo-Metohija in Serbian History" 

THE DECANI QUESTION
THE DECANI QUESTION

"Decansko Pitanje" ("The Decani Question")

The Decani Question
The Decani Question