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Dr Svetozar Rajak, Associate Professor, Academic Director of LSE IDEAS

Research and Publications

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 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.

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.

Teaching and Supervision

Dr Rajak's teaching at LSE reflects the research interests outlined above. He teaches the following courses:

At postgraduate level:

HY465 The International History of the Balkans since 1939: State Projects, Wars and Social Conflict|

At undergraduate level:

HY101: The European Civil War, 1890-1990| (jointly with other members of staff in the Department)

HY232: Frontiers of Nationalism, Statehood and Independence. The History of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, 1914-1990| (taught jointly with other members of staff in the Department)  

Contact Details

Office: Room TW1, room 9.01C (ninth floor, Tower 1)
Email Address: s.rajak@lse.ac.uk|
Telephone: 020 7955 6178

Office Hours

Thursdays, 13:30-15:30.

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