Rajak, Svetozar

Dr Svetozar Rajak  


Position held

Associate Professor


Academic Director


Experience keywords:

Balkans; Cold War; Eastern Europe; communism; non-alignment; socialism; third world

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Dr Rajak's research interests are in twentieth century international history, in particular the Cold War, the history of the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the making of the post Cold War international system.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Balkans; Bosnia; Croatia; Eastern Europe; Kosovo; Macedonia; Montenegro; Russia; Serbia; Slovenia; Soviet Union; ex-Yugoslavia


Bulgarian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Macedonian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Fluent]; Russian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Serbo-Croat [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Slovene [Spoken: Basic, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

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Rajak, Svetozar (2017) From regional role to global undertakings: Yugoslavia in the early Cold War In: Rajak, Svetozar and Botsiou, K. E. and Karamouzi, Eirini and Hatzivassiliou, E., (eds.) The Balkans in the Cold War. Security, conflict and cooperation in the contemporary world. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, UK, 65-86. ISBN 9781137439017

Rajak, S. and Botsiou, K. E. and Karamouzi, E. and Hatzivassiliou, E., eds (2017) The Balkans in the Cold War Security, conflict and cooperation in the contemporary world. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9781137439017


Pechatnov, Vladimir and Rajak, Svetozar (2016) British-Soviet relations in the Cold War, 1943-1953 documentary evidence project British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War, 1943-1953 Documentary Evidence Project (1 Jul 2016) other


Rajak, Svetozar (2015) "Companions in misfortune": from passive neutralism to active un-commitment – the critical role of Yugoslavia In: Bott, Sandra and Hanhimäki, Jussi M. and Schaufelbuehl, Janick and Wyss, Marco, (eds.) Neutrality and Neutralism in the Global Cold War: Between or Within the Blocs?. Cold War history. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 72-89.


Rajak, Svetozar (2014) No bargaining chips, no spheres of interest: the Yugoslav origins of Cold War non-alignment Journal of Cold War Studies, 16 (1). 146-179. ISSN 1520-3972


Rajak, Svetozar (2012) Yugoslavia and the Cuban missile crisis: documents from the foreign ministry archives in Belgrade Cold War International History Project Bulletin (17/18). 591-614. ISSN 1071-9652

Westad, Odd. Arne and Chubarian, Alexandr and Pechatnov, Vladimir and Rajak, Svetozar, eds (2012) British – Soviet relations in the Cold War, 1945-1964 http://www.britac.ac.uk/index.cfm. British Academy/ Russian Academy, London, UK; Moscow, Russia. (In Press)


Rajak, Svetozar (2010) The Cold War in the Balkans, 1945-1956 In: Leffler, Melvyn P. and Westad, Odd Arne, (eds.) The Cambridge History of the Cold War: Volume I, Origins. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 198-220. ISBN 9780521837194

Rajak, Svetozar (2010) Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union in the early Cold War: reconciliation, comradeship, confrontation, 1953-57 Cold War history. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415380744


Rajak, Svetozar (2005) In search of a life outside the two blocs: Yugoslavia's road to non-alignment In: Dimic, Ljubodrag, (ed.) Great Powers and Small Countries in Cold War, 1945-1955. University of Belgrade, Archives of Serbia and Montenegro and SD Public, Belgrade, Serbia. ISBN 8680099082

Rajak, Svetozar (2005) Auf der Suche nach einem Leben außerhalb der beiden Blöcke: Jugoslawiens Weg in die Blockfreiheit In: Geppert, Dominik and Wengst, Udo, (eds.) Neutralität- Chance Oder Chimäre?: Konzepte des Dritten Weges Für Deutschland und Die Welt, 1945-1990. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, München, Germany, 155-176. ISBN 9783486577020


Rajak, Svetozar (2001) The Tito - Khrushchev correspondence, 1954 Cold War International History Project Bulletin (12-13). 315-324. ISSN 1071-9652


Rajak, Svetozar (2000) Yugoslav-Soviet relations and the Hungarian crisis in 1956 Isotija 20 Veka (2). 83-98. ISSN 0352-3160

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