From the very start, work in the ICH was organized in the form of projects derived from a long-term program of scholarly research. From its foundation, the Institute has completed more than 100 projects in the field of general and national contemporary history, mostly the history of Yugoslavia, independently or in cooperation with other organizations in the country and abroad. This impressive result has left a visible mark on Yugoslav and Serbian historiography in the second half of the 20th and early 21st century.
Currently, the Institute is engaged in two basic projects financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, developed since 2011, as well as a number of additional projects.
- CONFLICTS AND CRISES: COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN SERBIA AND IN THE REGION IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY - Project leader: Prof. Dr. Momčilo Pavlović
- SERBIAN SOCIETY IN THE YUGOSLAV STATE IN THE 20TH CENTURY: BETWEEN DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP - Project leader: Dr. Kosta Nikolić.
Its results are a continuation of the previous achievements of the School of Contemporary History, developed in the Institute during its research of Yugoslavia in the 20th century. Beyond classical historical methods, the research of topics of such complexity demanded the use of methods of other social sciences. In addition to political history and history of international relations, ICH associates probed into the history of ideas, social and economic history, complementing their methods with an interdisciplinary approach, as an important element of the study of our contemporary era as total history. In their research, our Institute associates studied the general historical context and events of the 20th century, as well as key aspects of national history, specific social groups and individuals, Yugoslavia's economic development, and other processes.
The other trend which marked the ICH’s research was the study of the traditions of the Serbian people and the position of Yugoslavia in international relations, in particular through the conflict of the great powers and their opposing interests and influences in the Balkans during the 20th century. As a rule, the Institute hosts an annual international or national conference, independently or in cooperation with foreign scholarly institutions, publishing notable edited volumes derived from these gatherings. Among the ICH's scholarly production, a special place belongs to the journal Istorija 20. veka (History of the 20th Century), issued biannually. Despite a number of obstacles, this is one of the rare scholarly publications issued in continuity since 1983, maintaining a high level of quality. Therefore, the journal Istorija 20. veka holds a special place in Yugoslav historiography.
- The Yugoslav Crisis
- The Hidden History
- Support of Scholarly Research in Local Contexts
- History of Health Protection and Culture of Health in Serbia
- Seminar for History Teachers
Project results are available in our Digital Repository
Completed projects 2001-2010:
- The Question of Kosovo in the Yugoslav and Global Context in the 20th Century. Project leader: Prof. Dr. Momčilo Pavlović
- (Un)Successful Integration – (Un)Finished Modernization: International Position and the Internal Development of Serbia and Yugoslavia 1921-1991. Project leader: Dr. Kosta Nikolić
- Serbian Society in World War II – European Frame of Ideological Divisions and Repression
- Serbian and Yugoslav Historiography During the Crisis and Collapse of Yugoslavia 1980/2000.
- Serbia, Yugoslavia And The Great Powers In The 20th Century
- History of Serbian and Yugoslav Institutions and Prominent Leaders in the 20th Century