Dr Rajak holds degrees in economics and in history. He received his PhD in history from LSE. He has been the recipient of a prestigious grant from the British Arts and Humanities Research Council and is a member of the Republic of Serbia’s Archival Legislation Working Group.
Dr Rajak's main fields of interest are the international history of the Cold War, the contemporary history of the Balkans, East Europe, and the making of the post-Cold War international system.
He is also the Academic Director of LSE IDEAS, centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy at the LSE and is the Head of the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme (SEIAP) at LSE IDEAS. Dr Rajak is the editor of the journal Cold War History, and co-editor of a multi-volume Collection of Documents on the 'Soviet-British Relations in the Cold War', sponsored by the British and Russian Academies of Sciences.
Dr Svetozar Rajak teaches the following courses:
At postgraduate level:
HY465: The International History of the Balkans since 1939: State Projects, Wars and Social Conflict
Dr Svetozar also supervises the following research students:
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Dr Rajak has recently published a book Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union In the Early Cold War: Reconciliation, Comradeship, Confrontation, 1953-1957 (London, New York: Routledge, 2010). He has contributed a chapter on 'The Cold War in the Balkans, 1945-1956: From the Greek Civil War to Soviet-Yugoslav-Normalization' in Melvyn P. Leffler and Odd Arne Westad (eds), Cambridge History of the Cold War, Volume I: Origins (Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010) and is the author of numerous articles on the Cold War and contemporary history of the Balkans.
Full list of publications on LSE Research Online