James Pettifer

  • The history of the  international relations of the post-Ottoman Balkans
  • Religion and Society in late and post-Ottoman Macedonia
  • Albanian and Kosovo history in the twentieth century
  • The historiography of the Southern Balkans in Western Europe and the USA

I have been closely linked for many years with the Osteuropaische Geschichte seminar in Zurich University,Switzerland, and with Helvetia, and other Swiss research institutions and active individuals. I have been an expert assessor to the Swiss and Austrian Humanities research funding organisations on particular projects. I retain some links with the Hellenic Studies programme at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA.

I review regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, the South Slav Journal and other publications. I am a Research Associate of the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies, University of Cambridge.

Personal Website: www.professorjamespettifer.com      

Featured Publication

War in the Balkans: Conflict and Diplomacy Before World War I (I.B.Tauris, 2015)

War in the Balkans: Conflict and Diplomacy before World War I

 The history of the Balkans incorporates all the major historical themes of the 20th Century – the rise of nationalism, communism and fascism, state-sponsored genocide and urban warfare. Focusing on the centuries opening decades, War in the Balkans seeks to shed new light on the Balkan Wars through approaching each regional and ethnic conflict as a separate actor, before placing them in a wider context. Although top-down ‘Great Powers’ historiography is often used to describe the beginnings of the World War I, not enough attention has been paid to the events in the region in the years preceding the Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination. The Balkan Wars saw the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, the end of the Bulgarian Kingdom (then one of the most powerful military countries in the region), an unprecedented hardening of Serbian nationalism, the swallowing up of Slovenes, Croats and Slovaks in a larger Balkan entity, and thus set in place the pattern of border realignments which would become familiar for much of the twentieth century



I would like to hear from potential DPhil students regarding general modern history of the Balkan region with any subject focus.

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