Dušan Spasojević, “Grčka: rat za nezavisnost, stvaranje države i preporod nacije” [“Greece. The War of Independence, The Creation of the State and the Rebirth of the Nation”], Belgrade: Čigoja Press, Institute for Recent History of Serbia, Institute of European Studies, Šaper Foundation, 2022 (2nd ed.)

Dušan Spasojević, “Grčka: rat za nezavisnost, stvaranje države i preporod nacije” [“Greece. The War of Independence, The Creation of the State and the Rebirth of the Nation”], Belgrade: Čigoja Press, Institute for Recent History of Serbia, Institute of European Studies, Šaper Foundation, 2022 (2nd ed.)

We are pleased to announce the publication of the second, supplemented edition of the book Greece: The War for Independence, the Creation of the State and the Revival of the Nation by Dušan Spasojević, the Serbian Ambassador to Athens.

The first, last year’s, edition had an extraordinary resonance both in the professional and general public, and marked the publishing season in a striking way. The book received a number of the most favorable reviews in leading dailies, weeklies and magazines, and was the subject of scientific seminars, discussions and forums. It experienced an equally strong echo in Greece. The release of the Greek translation is planned for this year, with the leading Greek publisher “Kastaniotis”.

Greece: The war for Independence, The Creation of the State and the Rebirth of the Nation is the first book in the Serbian language that deals with the topic of today’s Greece, the foundations on which the modern Greek state was established and the national identity of modern Greeks was created. It was created as a result of many years of dedicated work, which included research of extensive archival material and literature, including Greek, the language the author speaks. It is a special edition in a joint venture of the Čigoja Press publishing house, the Institute of Recent History, the Institute of European Studies and the Šaper Foundation. We remind that the book, reviewed by three eminent historians, professors Milan Ristović and Spiridon Sfetas, professors of the University of Belgrade and Thessaloniki, and Dr. Mile Bjelajac, director of the Institute of Recent History, appeared on the 200th anniversary of the struggle to liberate Greeks from Turkish occupation.

In the joint preface to the book by Prof. Milan Ristović and Prof. Spiridon Sfetas state that Spasojević, carefully unraveling the tangle of events, influences, personalities, introduces the reader to a complex web of opposing relations of the great European powers regarding the policies towards the Ottoman Empire, the course and concepts of the uprising, the role in supporting Greek insurgents and their long-term influences, that fueled internal divisions and conflicts from the first days of the existence of the young Hellenic Kingdom. The authors of the preface emphasize that the author convincingly depicts the struggle, insurgent victories and defeats, conflicts of its leaders over the championship and power, giving biographically accurately drawn characters of key figures, and that (the author) points to the connection between Serbian and Greek movements, and their different paths and features and dynamics.

Ambassador Dušan Spasojević, the author

“Serbs love, but do not know the Greeks”, wrote Prof. Dr. Darko Tanasković in his review of the book, emphasizing that it will certainly contribute to overcoming this circumstance. According to him, Spasojević gave us much more than a reliable guide through the period in which the Greek state and the modern nation were created, he gave us a valuable epistemological starting point for the serious characterology of the Greeks.

The author of the book Greece: War for Independence, State Creation and the Revival of the Nation, Dušan Spasojević, graduated from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, and received his master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Between 2000 and 2013, he served as Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister of the Interior, Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of the Republic, Assistant Minister and Secretary of Defense, and Ambassador of Serbia to Turkey. Since 2016, he has been the Serbian ambassador to Greece. In his earlier political studies and essays, mostly on international relations, including the book Between Turkey and Europe, Spasojević expressed his scholarly passion and thoroughness in studying the material, and, at the same time, his talent to express it in a modern way. He took such an approach in this book as well. Its second edition, the release of which we are publishing, has been supplemented with several new episodes, among which the most interesting is certainly the one concerning Karađorđe and his connections with the Greek insurgents.

Spasojević, in a note with the second edition, points out that while writing this monograph, he aimed, among other things, to find the history that still lives today, and to present it in a suggestive and clear way. The struggle for freedom and the state is alive today, for sure, so it seemed to me, and it seems, that the Greek struggle that was started two centuries ago is so close. The second, supplemented edition in Serbian, which is in front of you, as well as the Greek edition that is being prepared, show that the written word has life if it manages to find and touch it.

The book has 420 pages, is equipped with a rich critical apparatus, the most selected illustrations and extremely useful, geographical maps specially made for her, faithfully reflecting relevant historical processes. The book is available in all better bookstores in Serbia, Montenegro and Republika Srpska.