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About Dejan Djokic

Dejan Djokic is reader in history at Goldsmiths College, London. He is the author of Elusive Compromise: A History of Interwar Yugoslavia (C Hurst, 2007).

Articles by Dejan Djokic

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

“Wait, the Serbs are now the good guys?”

How can Serbia's compassionate treatment of refugees be explained and what does it tell us about the country – and Europe?

Versailles and Yugoslavia: ninety years on

From the Kosovo battle of 1389 to the Sarajevo assassination of 1914 to the wars of the 1990s, there is no more potent date in modern Serbian and even European history than "28 June". The series extends to the formation of Yugoslavia itself, baptised in the Versailles peace treaty signed on 28 June 1919. Dejan Djokic recalls the difficult origin of a once-hopeful state.

Radovan Karadzic’s capture: a moment for history

The seizure of one of the two most wanted fugitives from the wars of fomer-Yugoslavia may become part of a process that lifts the burdens of the past in the region, says Dejan Djokic.

A democracy of suspicion

The arrest of a former university colleague for downloading research materials reflects a spreading climate of fear, says Dejan Djokic.

Desimir Tosic (1920-2008): in memoriam

A venerable Serbian politician and historian embodied the best of his country, writes Dejan Djokic.

The assassination of Zoran Djindjic

The murder of Serbia’s prime minister has created a dangerous political vacuum in a country still trying to recover from a decade of war, poverty, and unrest. Dejan Djokic laments a tragedy, puts it in historical context, and assesses the likelihood of Serbian democracy coming together to challenge the gangsters threatening it.

A conflict of loyalties: 1999 and 2003

When Nato bombed Yugoslavia in 1999, professional responsibility and a need for inner freedom prevented Dejan Djokic from protesting the assault on his homeland. Four years on, the creative dialogue between head and heart has a different result. 

Serbian presidential elections

For the first time since the fall of Slobodan Milosevic, Serbs will vote, in presidential elections on 29 September. The two main candidates represent the full integration into international institutions and radical economic reforms, proposed by Miroljub Labus and the prime minister Djindjic; or a more cautious transition favoured by Vojislav Kostunica.

Ex-Yu rock

Rock music remained a vibrant and pan-Yugoslav force even up to the country’s fragmentation in the 1990s. To remember the idols and trends of those decades is not just an act of affection, but a reminder of the bonding and healing power of music.

Serbia: monarchy and national identity

Political change in Serbia includes the revival of monarchist ideas. But the version of Serbian history they entail is contested.

A farewell to Yugoslavia

An EU-brokered agreement has at last consigned the name of Yugoslavia to history. Its disappearance is a story of personal loss as well as political tragedy. One of its children bids a dignified farewell – and asks what will remain of a noble idea.

Serbia: one year after the October revolution

The toppling of the Milosevic regime in Serbia was a historic turning-point for ex-Yugoslavia after a decade of war and destruction. One year on, how are the Serbs, and their new government, coping with change?
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