Institute for Contemporary History

is a research institution dedicated to furthering the understanding of the recent past, facilitating the study of political, social, economic and cultural history in the context of Serbian, Yugoslav, Balkan, European, and global society.

Founded over half a century ago, the Institute builds on those traditions. Scholarly activity in the Institute is conducted in accordance with our program, through research projects and the development of scholarly cooperation. Our results are presented through our publishing activity, the organization of international, regional and local scholarly symposia, as well as the publication of our journal "Istorija 20.veka" (History of the 20th Century).

Located in downtown Belgrade, at 11 Nikola Pašić Square, (Trg Nikole Pašića 11), the Institute hosts a rich library, a documentation and digital center, thus fostering professional access to our work and promoting public interest in the recent past.


September 4, 2023

September 4, 2023: Ilija Kukobat and Nemanja Mitrović became employees of the Institute

The scholarship holders of the Institute, Dr. Ilija Kukobat and Dr. Nemanja Mitrović, signed an employment contract with the Institute's management on September 4 and thus became employees of the Institute for Contemporary History.
June 25, 2023

June 13, 2023: Marko Miletić’s book “The Defense Policy of Yugoslavia 1945-1959” was promoted

The monograph “Politics of the Defense of Yugoslavia 1945-1959”, by the research associate of the Institute, Dr. Marko Miletić, was presented to the public in the Atrium of the Home of the Serbian Army in Belgrade.
June 6, 2023

June 1, 2023: Doctoral dissertations defended by Nemanja Mitrović and Ilija Kukobat

On Thursday, June 1, in the ceremonial hall of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, the scholarship recipients of the Institute, Nemanja Mitrović and Ilija Kukobat, defended their doctorates.
May 31, 2023

May 25, 2023: Institute associate Rade Ristanović held a lecture in Lyon

Rade Ristanović, an associate of the Institute of Contemporary History, was one of the lecturers at the seminar “Resistance During the Second World War: A Comparative Perspective”, held from May 24 to 26 in Lyon, organized by the LRA Foundation.
April 30, 2023

April 26, 2023: Promotion of the book “Serbian State Guard 1942-1944” in Staro Selo near Velika Plana

As part of the Day of the Municipality of Velika Plana, organized by the Masuka Culture Center, on April 26, a promotion of the book "Serbian State Guard 1942-1944" was held in the Gallery in Staro Selo.
April 15, 2023

April 7, 2023: Institute associate Miloš Žikić defended his doctoral dissertation

On April 7, 2023, in the Ceremonial Hall of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, the doctoral dissertation on the topic "Yugoslav-Bulgarian relations 1929-1941" was defended by Miloš Žikić, an associate of the Institute.
April 15, 2023

April 5, 2023: Associates of the Institute held a lecture at the Faculty of Philosophy in Banja Luka

As part of the forum "Serbia in the Second World War", on April 5, 2023, at the Faculty of Philosophy in Banja Luka, lectures were held by the Institute's associates Nebojša Stambolija, Rade Ristanović and Milutin Živković.
February 2, 2023

January 31, 2023: Institute Day Celebrated

Traditionally, as every January 31, the anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Contemporary History was celebrated. After the formal session of the Scientific Council, jubilee awards and the "Ljubomir Ljuba Petrović" award were presented.