Dušan T. Bataković

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Dušan T. Bataković (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Т. Батаковић; born April 23, 1957 in Belgrade) is a Serbian historian and diplomat. His specialty is modern and contemporary Serbian and Balkan history. He holds the post of Director of the Institute for Balkan Studies at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.


Bataković graduated with a degree in history from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy in 1982. He holds an M.A. in history from the same institution (1988). He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Paris IV: Paris-Sorbonne in 1997 with the thesis La France et la formation de la démocratie parlementaire en Serbie 1830-1914 (France and the Formation of Parliamentary Democracy in Serbia, 1830-1914).

Bataković is a specialist for nineteenth- and twentieth-century Balkan history, as well as for the French-Serbian relations. He has written and published extensively on the modern and contemporary history of Serbia, in particular Kosovo and Albania–Serbia relations, focusing on nationalism, and the origins of religious and ethnic strife. Another area of his research is the impact of communism on the contemporary history of Serbia, Yugoslavia and the Balkans. Bataković writes in Serbian, English and French and his bibliography includes dozens of historical monographs, edited volumes and more than a hundred articles published in various languages.

Bataković is also the author of the historical TV documentary Crveno doba (The Red Epoch), which aired on Serbia's public broadcaster, RTS, in 2004. Combining testimonies of witnesses with historic narrative the film was the first to open the question of the crimes of the communist Yugoslav authorities (the "red terror") against their political and class enemies in post-World War II Serbia and Montenegro (1944-1947). This documentary was criticized due to fact it inflates number of men killed after liberation of Belgrade by factor of five.[1]

In October 2005 Bataković became Director of the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and editor-in-chief of the Institute’s annual Balcanica journal as well as of its Special editions. In October 2008 he was elected president of the Serbian Committee of AIESEE (Association Internationale d'Etudes du Sud-Est Europeen).

In 2010 Bataković was elected member of the World Academy of Art and Science(WAAS).

Parallel to his academic life, Dušan T. Bataković has also pursued a career in politics and diplomacy. As the president of the Council for Democratic Changes in Serbia (a pro-democracy NGO), he campaigned against the Milošević regime in the late 1990s. From 2001 to 2005 he served as Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (later Serbia and Montenegro) to the Hellenic Republic. In July 2005 he became Advisor for political issues to the President of Serbia Boris Tadić. In that capacity he became a member, in November 2005, of the Serbian negotiating team at the UN-sponsored talks on the future status of the province of Kosovo in Vienna. He was a head of the Serbian Delegation at the International Court of Justice, regarding the advisory opinion on Kosovo status (2009-2011).

Bataković was appointed Ambassador of Serbia to Canada in July 2007 and Ambassador of Serbia in Paris, France in January 2009, where he took office in March 2009 and has completed his mandate in December 2012.

Bataković was reelected Director of the Institute for Balkan Studies of SASA in February 2013.


  • Dečansko pitanje (The Dečani Question), Belgrade: Historical Institute-Prosveta 1989. (second updated edition: Belgrade: Čigoja štampa 2007), 355 p. ISBN 978-86-7558-450-6
  • Savremenici o Kosovu i Metohiji 1850-1912 (Contemporaries on Kosovo and Metohija 1850-1912), Belgrade: Srpska književna zadruga 1989.
  • Kolubarska bitka (The Battle of Kolubara 1914), Belgrade: Litera 1989 (with N. B. Popović). 210 p.
  • Kosovo i Metohija u srpskoj istoriji (Kosovo and Metohia in Serbian History), Belgrade: Srpska književna zadruga 1989, (co-author); German translation: Kosovo und Metochien in der serbischen Geschichte, Lausanne: L'Age d'Homme 1989 (co-author; four chapters); French translation: Le Kosovo-Metohija dans l'histoire serbe, Lausanne: L'Age d'Homme 1990 (co-author, four chapters). ISBN 2-8251-0139-7
  • Kosovo i Metohija u srpsko-arbanaškim odnosima (Kosovo and Metohija in Serb-Albanian Relations), Priština: Jedinstvo 1991. ISBN 86-7019-071-0. (2nd updated edition: Čigoja štampa, Belgrade 2006.) 391 р. ISBN 86-7558-436-9
  • The Kosovo Chronicles, Belgrade: Plato Books 1992, ISBN 86-447-0006-5
  • Kosovo. La spirale de la haine, Lausanne: L'Age d'Homme 1993 (2nd Edition 1998), 106 p. [3]; ISBN 2-8251-1132-5
  • La Yougoslavie : nations, religions, idéologies, Lausanne: L'Age d'Homme 1994. ISBN 978-2-8251-0534-4
  • The Serbs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. History and Politics, Paris: Dialogue 1996. 147 p. ISBN 2-911527-10-0
  • The Serbs and Their National Interest, N. Von Ragenfeld-Feldman & D. T. Batakovic (eds.), San Francisco & Belgrade 1997, 140 p. ISBN 86-901887-1-1
  • Cronica de la Kosovo, prefaţă de academician Dan Berindei; Buçuresti: Editura biblioteca bucurestilor 1999, 207 p. ISBN 973-99243-0-1
  • Kosovo i Metohija. Istorija i ideologija, (Kosovo and Metohija: History and Ideology), Belgrade: Hrišćanska misao 1998. (2nd updated edition: Belgrade: Čigoja štampa 2006). 469 p. ISBN 978-86-7558-523-7
  • Нова историја српског народа (A New History of the Serbian People), Belgrade: Naš Dom 2000 (co-authors: A. Fotić, M. St. Protić, N. Samardžić); Second updated edition: Belgrade 2002, ISBN 86-7268-015-4; Korean translation: Seoul 2001, ISBN 89-89205-20-4;
  • Histoire du peuple serbe, Lausanne: L’Age d’Homme 2005. 395 p. ISBN 2-8251-1958-X
  • Kosovo and Metohija. Living in the Enclave, D. T. Bataković (ed.), Institute for Balkan Studies, SASA, Belgrade 2007, 314 p. ISBN 978-86-7179-052-9
  • Kosovo. Un conflit sans fin? Lausanne: L'Age d'Homme 2008. 322 p. ISBN 978-2-8251-3875-5
  • Kosovo And Metohija. Living in the Enclave (with added multimedia content and original documents) D. T. Bataković (ed.), Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade 2008. (cd-rom) ISBN 978-86-7179-064-2
  • Istorija za sedmi razred osnovne škole Belgrade, Zavod za udžbenike, 2009, 175 p.
  • La Serbie et la France : une alliance atypique. Les relations politiques, économiques et culturelles,1870-1940 D. T. Bataković (dir.), Institut des Etudes Balkaniques, Académie serbe des Sciences et des Arts, Belgrade 2010. 613.p. ISBN 978-86-7179-061-1
  • Косово и Метохия : история и идеология, перевод с сербского Д. Кокотович, Екатеринбург : Издательство Уральского университета, 2014, 399 p. ISBN 978-5-7996-1269-6
  • Minorities in the Balkans. State Policy and Inter-Ethnic Relations (1804-2004) D. T. Bataković (ed.), Belgrade, Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2011, 364 p. ISBN 978-86-7179-068-0
  • Serbia's Kosovo Drama. A Historical Perspective, Belgrade, Čigoja Štampa, 2012, 369 p. ISBN 978-86-7558-903-7
  • Qeveria serbe dhe Esat Pashe Toptani, e perktheu nga anglishtja Maklen Misha, Tirane, Botimet IDK, [2012], 70 p. ISBN 9789928136114
  • Les sources françaises de la democratie serbe (1804-1914), Paris, CNRS Editions, 2013, 570 p. ISBN 978-2-271-07080-7
  • A Turbulent Decade.The Serbs in Post-1999 Kosovo, Paris, Dialogue, 2014, 324 p. ISBN 2-911527-12-7



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