John Van Antwerp Fine Jr.
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John V. A. Fine Jr. (born 1939) is an American historian and author. He is professor of Balkan and Byzantine history at the University of Michigan and has written several books on the subject.
Early life and education
He was born in 1939 and grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. His father, John Van Antwerp Fine Sr. (1903–87), was Professor of Greek History in the Classics Department of Princeton University. His mother, Elizabeth Bunting Fine, was also a classicist and taught Latin and Greek at Miss Fine’s School.
Fine Jr.'s undergraduate and graduate training was at Harvard University, where he studied Byzantium, the Balkans, and medieval Russia. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1968 and began teaching at the University of Michigan in 1969.
Career and academic interests
His academic interests range from theology and the history of Christianity to Byzantium and the medieval and modern Balkans. His publications have become standard in the field, notably his surveys of the Medieval Balkans (1983 and 1987). He has also revolutionized the way scholars understand the Bosnian Church (first published in 1975; republished in England in 2006), showing that it was not heretical.
In 2006, Fine published a study of notions of ethnicity in Croatia from the medieval period to the nineteenth century titled When Ethnicity Did Not Matter in the Balkans. In 2009, John K. Cox of North Dakota State University reviewed it largely positively, noting some points of criticism. The same year, Neven Budak of the University of Zagreb gave it a largely negative review, noting some positive aspects.
Studies on Bosnian history
Fine has also contributed to understanding of Bosnian history, working to correct popular misconceptions, especially during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. He co-authored Bosnia and Hercegovina: A Tradition Betrayed with former student Robert J. Donia (1994), a work published in England, the US, and in Bosnian translation in war-time Sarajevo (1995). He traveled to and lectured in the besieged cities of Sarajevo and Mostar during the war.
- Fine, John Van Antwerp Jr. (1975). The Bosnian Church: A New Interpretation: A Study of the Bosnian Church and Its Place in State and Society from the 13th to the 15th Centuries. Boulder: East European Quarterly.
- Fine, John Van Antwerp Jr. (2007) . The Bosnian Church: Its Place in State and Society from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century. London: Saqi Books.
- Fine, John Van Antwerp Jr. (1991) . The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-08149-7.
- Fine, John Van Antwerp Jr. (1994) . The Late Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Late Twelfth Century to the Ottoman Conquest. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-08260-4.
- Donia, Robert J.; Fine, John Van Antwerp Jr. (15 April 1995). Bosnia and Hercegovina: A Tradition Betrayed. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-10161-9.
Originally published on 29 September 1994 by C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd with the title Bosnia-Hercegovina: Tradition Betrayed (ISBN 1-850-65211-2)
- Fine, John Van Antwerp Jr. (2005). When Ethnicity Did Not Matter in the Balkans: A Study of Identity in Pre-Nationalist Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia in the Medieval and Early-Modern Periods. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-11414-X.
- "The Slavic Saint Jerome: An Entertainment". Harvard Ukrainian Studies. 22: 101–112. 1998. JSTOR 41036733. Included in Gitelman, Zvi; Hajda, Lubomyr A.; Himka, John-Paul; Solchanyk, Roman, eds. (28 February 2001). Cultures and Nations of Central and Eastern Europe: Essays in Honor of Roman Szporluk. Cambridge, Mass.: Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University. pp. 101–112. ISBN 0-916-45893-8.
- "John Van Antwerp Fine". The New York Times. 20 January 1987. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- Cox, John K. (Spring 2009). "Review: When Ethnicity Did Not Matter in the Balkans: A Study of Identity in Pre-Nationalist Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia in the Medieval and Early-Modern Periods by John V. A. Fine, Jr". The Slavic and East European Journal. American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. 53 (1): 142–44. JSTOR 40651096.
- Budak, Neven (November 2009). "Kako se doista s jugonostalgičarskih pozicija može negirati hrvatska povijest ili o knjizi Johna V. A. Fine Ml. When Ethnicity did not Matter in the Balkans. A Study of Identity in Pre-Nationalist Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia in the Medieval and Early-Modern Periods, Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press 2006, 652 str". Journal of the Institute of Croatian History (in Croatian). 41 (1): 487–495. ISSN 0353-295X.
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