Dr Dragan Bakić

Dragan Bakić is a senior research associate at the Institute for Balkan Studies at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU), where he has been employed since the summer of 2012, about a year after he defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Leeds in Great Britain. Based on his doctoral thesis, his research interests are focused on British policy toward Danube Europe, as an area that encompasses both the Balkans and the Central European region. After returning to Serbia, Bakić started conducting research in the field of the history of Serbia, Yugoslavia and the Balkans, primarily foreign policy and international relations, in the first half of the 20th century. He is the author of the monograph Britain and Interwar Danubian Europe: Foreign Policy and Security Challenges, 1919-1936 (London: Bloomsbury, 2017), as well as a number of articles in eminent domestic and international journals and other publications. His most recent focus is on the political biography of Milan Stojadinović and the Serbian right wing in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The combination of these two topics provided the basis for the content of a newly started project: The Serbian Right-Wing Parties and Intellectuals in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, 1934-1941, funded by the Science Fund within the Program for excellent projects of young researchers (PROMIS), of which Bakić is the manager (2020-2022).

Selected bibliography:

-        “Dealing with a ‘17 Stone Germany’: British Foreign Policy towards Danubian Europe, 1936-1939”, in Aliaksandr Piahanau and Bojan Aleksov, eds, Wars and Betweenness: Big Powers in Middle Europe 1918-1945 (Budapest-New York: Central European University Press, 2020), 41-59.   

-        “The Serbian Minister in London, Mateja Bošković, the Yugoslav Committee, and Serbia’s Yugoslav Policy in the Great War, 1914-1916”, Balcanica, L (2019), 173-215.

-        “Milan Stojadinović, the Croat Question and the International Position of Yugoslavia, 1935-1939”, Acta Histriae, vol. 26, issue 1 (2018), 207-228.

-        “Note on the Fotić Document”, The Historian, vol. 79, issue 4 (2017), 820-823.

-        Britain and Interwar Danubian Europe: Foreign Policy and Security Challenges, 1919-1936 (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

-        “Nikola Pašić and the Foreign Policy of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, 1919-1926”, Balcanica, XLVII (2016), 285-316.

-        “Prilog za biografiju: politička karijera Uroša Desnice u vremenu iskušenja (1919-1941)”, u Drago Roksandić i Ivana Cvijović Javorina, ur., Vladan Desnica i Split 1920.-1945.: zbornik radova sa znanstvenog skupa Desničini susreti 2014. (Zagreb: Filozofski fakultet, 2015), 235-257.

-        “The Italo-Yugoslav Conflict over Albania: a View from Belgrade, 1919-1939”, Diplomacy & Statecraft, vol. 25, no. 4 (December 2014), 592-612.

-        “‘Must Will Peace’: the British Brokering of ‘Central European’ and ‘Balkan Locarno’, 1925-1929”, Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 48, no. 1 (January 2013), 24-56.

-        “Diplomacy and Loans: the Foreign Office, Economic Reconstruction and Security in South-Eastern Europe in the 1920s”, The International History Review, vol. 34, no. 4 (December 2012), 631-653.

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