Dragomir Bondžić, PhD
Institute for Contemporary History

Belgrade, Republic of Serbia


Kosta Nikolić, PhD
Institute for Contemporary History
Belgrade, Republic of Serbia


Nebojša Stambolija, PhD
Institute for Contemporary History
Belgrade, Republic of Serbia



Vol. XLI, 2/2023, pp. 265–282



In Serbian historiography in the previous four decades, in which the state in which we live shrank more and more, and the names changed as many as four times, the continuity of scientific institutions and publications was more the exception than the rule. We can point out that one of the scientific publications, which has already become an institution in itself and which maintains continuity, is the journal “History of the 20th Century”. The initiative to establish the journal was launched in 1978, implementation began in 1982, and the first volume was published in October 1983. In a period of forty years, 74 volumes were published with 1,582 texts in them. Analyzing the structure of the texts by type, it is easy to conclude that original scientific papers (561) and reviews (569) are by far the most represented. Eight persons held the position of editor-in-chief. After Nikola Popović, who edited eight volumes from 1983 to 1987, Branislav Gligorijević was appointed editor. From 1992 to 1995, the editor was Smiljana Đurović, who was succeeded by Milan Vesović from issue 2/1995. Đorđe Borozan was the editor-in-chief in 2000 and 2001. From 2002 to 2004, the journal was edited by Kosta Nikolić. From issue 1/2005, the editorship of Bojan Dimitrijević began and lasted until the end of 2015. From 2016, the editorship of the journal was taken over by Dragomir Bondžić, who is still in that position. The author’s interest in certain topics changed over time. The works that dealt with the period between the two world wars were the most numerous in the first decade (1983-1992), but their percentage decreased over time. The situation is reversed with the texts that dealt with socialist Yugoslavia. In terms of the number of published articles, the topic of the Second World War is fairly evenly distributed throughout the periods of publication, but in terms of the share, there is a significant difference between the first decade of publication and the others. A total of 90 articles in foreign languages were published in the journal, 47 of which in the last seven years. A total of 403 authors published in the journal, of which 108 are foreigners. Among the authors, in terms of the number of texts written, the former editor-in-chief Bojan Dimitrijević, who was the author of as many as 90 texts, leads the way. In the past few years, the journal has significantly increased its international visibility by introducing a website, and also by including it in many index databases (ERIH PLUS, DOAJ, SCOPUS, WOS).


KEYWORDS: Journal “History of the 20th century”, Scientific periodicals, Historiography, Statistics, 20th century, Quantitative analysis, Citation index



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