The Serbs

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Wiley, Apr 15, 2008 - History - 352 pages
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This sweeping history of the Serbian people starts with the settlement of the Slavs on the Balkan Peninsula in the seventh century and ends with the dissolution of Yugoslavia at the end of the twentieth. Drawing on his own research and on contemporary literature, Sima Cirkovic looks at how the Serbs have fared through the ages – struggling for independence against Byzantium, suffering as slaves of the Ottoman sultans, and modernizing in a troubled corner of south-eastern Europe.


Cirkovic's detailed account provides a counter-balance to traditionally one-sided political histories of the Serbs, paying close attention to the nation’s socio-economic development. His narrative gives equal weight to the medieval and modern periods, but draws from the processes of both integration and disintegration that have characterized Serbian history. The book gives readers the historical background to the Serbs, providing an essential insight into recent events.

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Sima Cirkovic is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Belgrade and a member of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published widely on medieval Balkan history, especially the history of the Serbs. His book on medieval Serbs has been published in Italian, French, and Russian, and he is a co-author of A History of Yugoslavia (1974).

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