Category Archives: History

Feb 7 2015

Ten rules by a 21st-century Machiavelli for the Balkan Prince

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What would Machiavelli say about the Balkans today?, wonders Florian Bieber. In this letter for a modern Balkan Prince, he outlines ten rules that would allow the Prince to keep the power whatever the conditions. ‘Ruling is like dancing on … Continue reading

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Jun 30 2014

Serbia, Sarajevo and the outbreak of the First World War

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 The assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Habsburg throne, and, by accident, duchess Sophie, by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 triggered the First World War, the causes of which are deeply complex. Disagreements regarding the … Continue reading

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Jun 28 2014

The legacy of Young Bosnia: Our own America

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 Franz Ferdinand’s (somewhat casual) assassin, Gavrilo Princip, was loathed as the most wicked of murderers and hailed as a liberation hero. One hundred years on, the role of the group that orchestrated the plot, Young Bosnia, is still debated. The … Continue reading

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Apr 3 2014

Ilegalja: terrorists or freedom fighters? An Albanian tale from Yugoslav times

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Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers is a social anthropologist whose work focuses on Albania and Kosovo. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Bournemouth. Stephanie has previously been a lecturer and Alexander Nash fellow at UCL SSEES, and is the president of the … Continue reading

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Mar 19 2014

Editorial – Welcome to the LSEE Blog

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‘And so they have killed our Ferdinand,’ said the chairwoman to Mr Svejk, who had left military service years before, after having been finally certified by an army medical board as an imbecile, and now lived by selling dogs – ugly, mongrel … Continue reading

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Feb 7 2014

The Sandžak, a hitherto neglected Balkan region

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Dr Kenneth Morrison and Lady Elizabeth Roberts speak of their recent “The Sandžak: A History”, whose book launch was hosted by LSEE. The Sandžak (or Raška) is a historical region sitting across the borders of Montenegro and Serbia; today, Bosniaks … Continue reading

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