Journal of Balkan and Black Sea Studies (2024), 12

Titel der Ausgabe 
Journal of Balkan and Black Sea Studies (2024), 12
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Balkans and Black Sea

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Istanbul 2024: DergiPark Akademik
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online biannual
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XI, 167 S.
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open access

 

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Postal address: BALKAR, Yildiz Technical University, Davutpasa Campus, IIBF, 34220 Esenler, Istanbul-Turkey; e-mail: balkar@yildiz.edu.tr Tel: +90212383 68 33
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Mehmet Hacisalihoglu

The Journal of Balkan and Black Sea Studies is an Istanbul-based journal dedicated to enhancing academic exchange among social scientists from Turkey, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Eastern European countries. We initiated the journal in 2018 and have since published eleven issues. The current, twelfth issue comprises six research articles and one book review.

The first article of this issue by Elmedina Duranović on "Trade Relations between Bosnia and Ragusa in the Late 13th Century," sheds light on the economic landscape of Bosnia during this period, focusing on its trade relations with Ragusa (Dubrovnik). Based on original data records, Duranović outlines the economic position of Bosnia, highlighting its orientation towards agriculture and livestock breeding, much like its neighbours. Despite the predominance of the slave trade in the documented exchanges between Bosnia and Ragusa, Duranović brings attention to other significant aspects of Bosnian exports. Notably, the article discusses the departure of Bosnian boys to study crafts in Ragusa and other Dalmatian coastal cities, providing a broader view of economic relations in medieval Bosnia.

Liviu Cîmpeanu’s "John Hunyadi (ca. 1395-1456): An Outline of His Political and Military Career According to the Latest Research" addresses the paucity of modern scientific work on John Hunyadi. Initiated six years ago, Cîmpeanu’s research re-evaluates both older and newer sources, presenting a comprehensive synthesis of Hunyadi's life. While previous historians focused primarily on his anti-Ottoman campaigns, this article expands the narrative to include Hunyadi’s intricate involvement in the political landscape of Central Europe in the mid-15th century.

In "Cultural and Religious Diversity in Istanbul in the Sixteenth Century: Through the Eyes of German Travellers," Ergün Özsoy leverages travel accounts as vital historical sources. Özsoy examines the observations of Protestant theologians Gerlach and Schweigger, who visited Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. These accounts offer detailed insights into the religious and cultural diversity of the city, highlighting how the Ottoman Empire managed and facilitated such diversity amidst the broader religious and cultural conflicts in Europe.

Nevena Rudinac’s "Which Side Are You On? Integration of Two Conflicting Ethnic Identities in Young Adults from Serbo-Croatian Mixed Marriages" explores the challenges faced by young adults from Serbian-Croatian mixed marriages in reconciling their dual ethnic identities. Based on narratives from individuals born during the 1990s—a period marked by brutal conflicts between Serbs and Croats—the study reveals how participants formed coherent ethnic identities. These identities ranged from cosmopolitan and Yugoslav to more integrated forms of dominant Serbian identity, highlighting the complex process of identity formation in a post-conflict society.

Miloš Todorovic’s "Orthodoxy in Diplomacy: An Overview of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s Religious Diplomacy and Role in International Relations" examines the role of the Serbian Orthodox Church as a non-state actor in Serbia’s international relations. Following the revitalization and politicization of religion in Serbia during the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the Church has become increasingly involved in the country’s diplomatic efforts. Todorovic explores the Church's multifaceted roles, including advising diplomats, engaging in track II diplomacy, and participating in other small-scale initiatives, underscoring its significance in Serbia’s foreign policy.

Arif Akbaş’s "East-West Comparisons: Cultural Diversity of Bosnia and Herzegovina" delves into the cultural richness of Bosnia and Herzegovina, shaped by its unique history at the crossroads of Eastern and Western influences. The long Ottoman period left a lasting impact on the region’s architecture, attire, and cuisine, while interactions with Christianity and European elements further enriched its cultural landscape. Akbaş explores how Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats maintain distinct identities while fostering interactions, creating a unique mosaic culture. This article reflects on the enduring legacy of Eastern and Western paradigms blending harmoniously, encapsulated by the Bosnian proverb, “Knowing the depth of the river after crossing the bridge.”

Finally, Hümeyra Kesici offers a comprehensive review of Özgür Yılmaz's book "İngiliz Konsolosluk Raporlarına Göre Batum ve Çevresi (1840-1852)," (Batumi and its Surroundings (1840-1852) according to British Consular Reports) providing critical insights into the historical context and significance of the work. This review underscores the value of consular reports as primary sources for understanding regional histories.

Together, these articles offer valuable contributions to our understanding of historical and contemporary issues in South-eastern Europe. For the preparation of this issue, I would like to express my gratitude to the authors of these excellent articles and the referees for their hard work and valuable efforts during the evaluation process. I also extend my thanks to the editorial board members, especially Cengiz Yolcu and Elia Khubieva, for their support in the publication of this issue.

Mehmet Hacısalihoğlu, Prof. Dr.
Editor in Chief

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Research Articles

1-18
Trade Relations between Bosnia and Ragusa in the late 13th Century
Elmedina Duranović, Dr., University of Sarajevo

19-56
John Hunyadi (ca. 1395-1456). An Outline of His Political and Military Career According to the Latest Research
Liviu Cîmpeanu, Dr., Romanian Academy, Sibiu

57-76
Cultural and Religious Diversity in Istanbul in the Sixteenth Century: through the Eyes of German Travellers
Ergün Özsoy, Dr., University of Augsburg

77-102
Which Side Are You On? Integration of Two Conflicting Ethnic Identities in Young Adults from Serbo-Croatian Mixed Marriages
Nevena Rudinac, Ronin Institute. Montclair, New Jersey

103-130
Orthodoxy in Diplomacy: An Overview of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s Religious Diplomacy and Role in International Relations
Miloš Todorović, Ronin Institute. Montclair, New Jersey

131-160
Doğu-Batı Karşılaştırmaları: Bosna Hersek’in Kültürel Çeşitliliği
Arif Akbaş, Dr. Öğr.Gör., Sivas Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi

Book Reviews

161-167
Özgür Yılmaz, İngiliz Konsolosluk Raporlarına Göre Batum ve Çevresi (1840-1852), İstanbul: Heyamola Yayınları, 2022, 536 p.
Hümeyra Kesici, Samsun University

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