Čedomir Antić

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Čedomir Antić

Čedomir Antić, 2014.jpg
Antić at a conference in 2014
Personal details
Born (1974-10-09) 9 October 1974 (age 45)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Spouse(s)Ivana Antić

Čedomir Antić (Serbian Cyrillic: Чедомир Антић, Serbian pronunciation: [tʃědomir ǎːntitɕ]; born 9 October 1974) is a Serbian historian and political activist.

Student activism[edit]

During the 1996–97 protests in Serbia, Antić was the long-standing chairman of the protest's Main Council (Parliament). Previously, Antić was one of the protest leaders at the Faculty of Philosophy.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] After the student protest had reached its triumphant end, Antić had, together with several colleagues (Čedomir Jovanović, Vladimir Dobrosavljević, Igor Žeželj, Saša Ćirić, and others) organized the Student Political Club (SPK).[8][9] SPK was the first student party in history of Serbia. It led a boycott campaign of the 1997 elections.[10] SPK called for political reforms and opted for new national, economic and regional policy. In 1998, SPK merged into the Democratic Party, at the time the strongest non-parliamentary political party in Serbia.[11][12][13][14][15][16] Zoran Đinđić, then the party leader, named Antić as the party spokesman.

Scholarly career[edit]

Čedomir Antić graduated from History at the University of Belgrade in 1999 as the first in his generation. Antić attended an MA course in Contemporary history at the University of Bristol (2001/02). He also took an MPhil in Modern history (2003) at the University of Belgrade. In 2008 Antić obtained a PhD in history from the University of Belgrade. His PhD thesis is titled Great Britain and Serbia during the 1914-18 War. Čedomir Antić has been a fellow at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2000.[17] In 2000, the Association of University Professors and Scientist of Serbia (Udruženje univerzitetskih profesora i naučnika Srbije) awarded Antić with the title of the best student in Serbia. Antić's book, Ralph Paget: A Diplomat in Serbia, was awarded by North American Society for Serbian Studies as the best monograph published in 2006 written in English.

Political stance[edit]

Čedomir Antić was regarded as an intellectual among the leadership of the Student Protest 1996/1997. He was prominent for his reformist attitude, but it was indicated that he was an enlightened patriot as well. When the Student Political Club joined the Democratic Party, Antić was the only one who got a high post in the party. However, due to Čedomir Jovanović's personal dealings and ambitions in the Democratic Party, SPK members failed to create a wing in the party, and Antić was soon marginalized. Antić withdrew from political life after year 2000.[18][19][20][21] He was a member of the first Executive Board of the University of Belgrade since the beginning of the democratic changes and took part in governmental commission for drafting the Public Holidays Law.

Dissatisfied by aspects of political transition in Serbia and disillusioned after corruption scandals in the Democratic Party, Antić entered politics again. In 2002 he published his state and national program "The Draft: Independent Serbia in the European Union" ("Nacrt: Nezavisna Srbija u Evropskoj uniji").[22][23][24] In the Draft he advocated for the dissolution of the dysfunctional union between Serbia and Montenegro and a "historical compromise" between the Republic of Serbia and ethnic Albanians from Kosovo. Even though he left possibility for the reintegration of Kosovo in Serbia, Antić opted for the peaceful and democratic division of Kosovo.[25] He advocated for a new political beginning for Serbia, the establishment of a firm, functional, but economically and politically fully regionalised state. The Draft was adopted as political program of the newly established party G17 Plus. G17 Plus came fourth in parliamentary elections of 2003 (its political club in parliament was the third in number of MPs). Soon after, Antić was elected the youngest member of the G17 Plus presidency. After the establishment of the first Koštunica government (DSS - G17 - SPO/NS), Antic became the political advisor of Deputy Prime Minister Miroljub Labus. In government, Antic was known as an independent and bold critic of general state and national policy. He played an important role in writing the Labus Plan for Kosovo (2004),[26] announced the biggest government crisis over cooperation with the ICTY (from January to March 2005), and was firm in M. Labus public defence during "the Ericsson Scandal" in 2005. However, his firm stand over Montenegro and Kosovo, and popularity within the party, alienated the party leadership from Antic. After Labus resigned and left the party leadership in May 2006, Antic supported the party's Vice-President Dinkic.[27] Nevertheless, Antic's candidacy for vice-presidency was "banned" and abolished in September 2006. Čedomir Antic resisted, rejected to stay in the party leadership and later on left the party.[28]

Progressive Club[edit]

In July 2007 Čedomir Antić founded the Progressive Club (NK), a political NGO which continues conservative and modernist traditions of the 19th century Serbian Progressive Party. Together with Antić, members of the Progressive Club are Slobodan G. Marković - historian and university professor, Predrag J. Marković – historian and university professor, Feđa Dimović – lawyer and musician from the hip-hop band Beogradski Sindikat, Mr Miroslav Marinković former head of the Šumadija County, and others.

Čedomir Antić has been the youngest member of the Crown Council of H.R.H. Prince Alexander II of Serbia since 2002.



  • A Country of Holidays and a City of Monuments, Velika Plana 2004.
  • Velika Britanija, Srbija i Krimski rat (1853–1856), Belgrade 2004.
  • Kratka istorija Srbije (1804–2004), Belgrade 2004.
  • Istorija i zabluda, Belgrade 2005.
  • Ralph Paget: A Diplomat in Serbia, Belgrade 2006.
  • Neutrality as Independence: Great Britain, Serbia and the Crimean War, Belgrade, 2007.
  • Četrnaesti vojvoda i devet baba: iz društvene istorije novovekovne Srbije, Belgrade, 2009.
  • Neizabrana saveznica: Srbija i Velika Britanija u Prvom svetskom ratu, Belgrade, 2012.
  • Антић, Чедомир; Кецмановић, Ненад (2015). Историја Републике Српске (1 ed.). Београд: SAS Intelligence, Српска књижевна задруга.
    • Антић, Чедомир; Кецмановић, Ненад (2016a). Историја Републике Српске (The History of the Republic of Srpska) (2 ed.). Београд: Двије круне.
      • Антић, Чедомир; Кецмановић, Ненад (2016b). Историја Републике Српске (3 ed.). Београд: Недељник.
  • Uvod u istorijske studije, Belgrade, 2017.


  • Nezavisna Srbija, Beograd 2006.
  • Studentska fronda: secanje na Studentski protest 1996/1997 - o petnaestogodisnjici

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Royalfamily.org
  2. ^ "Cedomir Antic's Photo", Newsweek, 13. 01. 1997, p. 10
  3. ^ …An Interview with Cedomir Antic, Nedeljni Telegraf, 29. 01. 1997, pp. 22-24
  4. ^ "Осуђени на победу", НИН, 31. 01. 1997, p. 16-17
  5. ^ "Dream Team studentskog protesta 96/97", Duga 15-28. 02. 1997, p. 9
  6. ^ Čedomir Antić, "DECENIJA: Spomenica studentskog protesta 1996-2006", (Beograd: Evoluta 2006); T. G. Ash, "History of Present: Essays, Sketches and Despatches from Europe in the 1990s", (London: Penguin Books, 2000), about Cedomir Antic see pp. 254, 256-7, 270, 271, 365, 367.
  7. ^ Čedomir Antić, "Ovo je pobeda", Blic 8-9. 03. 1997, p. 3
  8. ^ "Studentski politički klub: grupa za javni pritisak", Dnevni Telegraf, 15. 04. 1997
  9. ^ Arhiv
  10. ^ "Studenti neće na izbore", Blic, 29. 07. 1997, p. 2.
  11. ^ Naša borba
  12. ^ Politika
  13. ^ "Ujedinjenje DS i SPK", Danas, 24. 02. 1998.
  14. ^ "Nismo na 'Titaniku'", intervju sa Čedomirom Antićem, Blic, 26 02. 1998.
  15. ^ "Sotto Gli Ochi Dell' Occidente", Famiglia Christiana, N 49/1998
  16. ^ "Intervju sa Čedomirom Antićem", Argument, no 155, 04. 01. 1999, p. 5-7.
  17. ^ Balkanološki institut
  18. ^ "Идеолошки замор", НИН, 11. 02. 1999, p. 26-28
  19. ^ "Чедомир Антић поднео оставку", Глас јавности, 16. 02. 1999.
  20. ^ "Intervju sa Zoranom Đinđićem", Argument, 01. 03. 1999, p. 7
  21. ^ "Čedomir Antić na mitingu u Kragujevcu: Opozicija mora da se menja", Blic, 23. 07 1999.
  22. ^ Glas javnosti
  23. ^ Napredni klub
  24. ^ Večernje novosti
  25. ^ NYtimes.com
  26. ^ Vesti.rs
  27. ^ VOAnews.com
  28. ^ Politika

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