The ‟Handbuch zur Geschichte Südosteuropas" (Handbook of the History of Southeast Europe) is a long-term project that started in the spring of 2010. The aim is to create an academic compendium that is not only oriented towards the requirements of historical research and university teaching, but which is also addressed to an audience that is not rooted in Southeast European studies. In fact, on the basis of a focused overview of the state of research, the handbook seeks to identify, and partly close, research gaps and give impetus for future research. In doing so, a special, content-related aspiration of this socio-historically conceived handbook is to present the various historical and cultural interconnections between Southeast Europe and other parts of Europe, the Mediterranean world and the Middle East.
In total, six volumes are currently in preparation covering the thematic areas of ‟Herrschaft und Politik" (Rule and Politics – Volumes 1/2), ‟Sprache und Kultur" (Language and Culture – Volumes 3/4), ‟Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft" (Economy and Society – Volumes 5/6). Each of the topics is chronologically divided into ‟Pre-Modernity" and ‟Modernity", and the handbook will also reflect on these notions. The use of this rough, but problem-oriented periodization will also emphasize that the periodization patterns usually applied in Central and West Europe tend to consider the particularities of the historical development of Southeast Europe to an insufficient degree. ‟Pre-Modernity" therefore begins with the Roman imperial period, which is a novelty in Southeast European studies. This opens up new opportunities for the diachronic comparison of empires and the discourse on the continuing effects of the legacies of antiquity. The handbook's conceptual foundations are based on an interdisciplinary approach and a grasp that is primarily topic- and problem-oriented; it concerns the clarification of questions rather than the chronological succession of events.
Due to this conception the handbook will occupy a special position in the academic literature on Southeast Europe, both in the German-language book market and beyond.
For the success of this handbook project the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) is dependent on as broad an entrenchment in the research terrain as possible, without which such a project cannot be realized. The following scholars have been attracted as co-editors for individual volumes: Marie-Janine Calic (LMU Munich) for Volume 6, Hannes Grandits (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) for Volume 2, Markus Koller (Ruhr University Bochum) for Volume 5, Fritz Mitthof (University of Vienna) for Volume 1, Walter Puchner (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) for Volume 3, Klaus Roth (LMU Munich) for Volume 4, Christian Voß (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) for Volume 4 and Ioannis Zelepos (LMU Munich) for Volume 3. The authors have been recruited among the leading scholars of Southeast European studies in Germany and abroad.
Overall responsible Editors: Ulf Brunnbauer, also Co-Editor of Volume 6, and Konrad Clewing, also Co-Editor of Volume 2 (both from the IOS); and Oliver Jens Schmitt (University of Vienna), also Co-Editor of Volume 1.
Editorial Office and Coordination: Edvin Pezo
Planned period: 2010–2018
Vor kurzem wurde das Online-Handbuch zur Geschichte Südosteuropas freigeschaltet. Es steht Ihnen fortan zur Verfügung.