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Serbia before 1371

Site contains examples of Mesolithic archaeological site located in Serbia.
(5000 BC; images, comments in Serbian (in Latin letters))
(5000 BC; image)
(116; image)
(9th century; image, transcription in Serbian)
(9th century; image)
Document contains description of Serbians and their country
(948-952; transcription in Serbian, Russian, English)
(10th century; image, facsimile in Serbian)
(1080; image)
Digital copy of the Cyrillic manuscript, considered the most important of Serbian manuscript books.
(12th century; manuscript)
Site contains information about lives and events of different Serbian kings and rulers.
(1175 - 1706; transcription in Serbian (Latin script))
Site contains document about life of Serbian Prince and Orthodox monk, the first Archbishop of the autocephalous Serbian Church, the founder of Serbian law and literature, and a diplomat.
(1180 - 1190; transcription in Serbian (in Latin script))
(Medieval ages; images, transcription in Serbian (Latin script))
Record about Serbian lands written by the oder of Stefan Nemanjić, Serbian king.
(the end of the 12th century; image of Stefan Nemanjić, transcription in Serbian)
Record of life of Stefan Nemanjić, Serbian king, when he became a monk.
(the end of the 12th century; transcription in Serbian)
Record of agreement made by Stefan Nemanjić.
(the end of the 12th century; transcription in Serbian)
Record contains history of Serbian, Croatian, and Slovenian lands.
(end of the 12th century; transcription in Serbian (Latin letters))
Records were made on the walls of the towers of the monastery.
(1219, 1224 - 1227; transcription in Serbian)
(1262; facsimile)
(1265; image, transcription in English)
Decision about border of Croatian land.
(1325; facsimile)
Law of Serbia.
(May 21, 1349; transcription in Russian and English, parts in Serbian in Latin letters)
Site contains documents of Serbian priests written for different cases to rulers and other priests.
(1365, 1369, 1380, 1394, 1395; transcription in Russian)

Ottoman Serbia 1371-1804

(1389; image, transcription in Serbian (Latin letters))

(1389; image)

Book contains records made by Achibishop Daniil.
(Originally written in 14th century; 1866 reprint in Serbian)

(14th century; facsimile)

(1402; transcription in Serbian (in Latin letters))

Law written by Stefan Lazarević
(1412; image, facsimile in Serbian)

(1430; facsimile, comments in Serbian (in Latin letters))

(15-16th century; transcription in Serbian (Latin letters))

(17th century; transcription in English)

Marino Bizzi's (Archbishop of Bar, Montenegro) descriptions of Turkey, Montenegro, Albania, and Serbia.
Describes people, geography, and living conditions of these areas.
(1610; English translation, images)

(1697; transcription in Russian)

(beginning of 18th century; transcription in Russian)

(collected in 19th century; transcription in Serbian)

Document contains information about political affairs between countires and emigration of Serbians in Russian Empire.
(2nd half of the 18th century; transcription in Russian)

(September 18, 1758; transcription in Russian)

Digitized German-language newspapers of Central and Eastern Europe outside German-speaking countries.
(18th-20th centuries; facsimiles newspaper issues)

Autonomous Serbia 1804-1918

(1804-1833; image, facsimile in Serbian)

Site contains documents of Russian Empire’s support during uprising and other documents about affairs of the uprising.
(1804-1813; transcription in Russian)
(1812-1813, facsimile in Serbian)

(1833 - 1854; transcription in Russian)

(1835; facsimile in Serbian)

Notes on travels in Old Serbia by Todora P. Stankovic.
(1871-1898; Serbian transcription)

National anthem of Serbia. Officially adopted by modern Serbia in 2006. First adopted in 1882.
(Serbian with English translation; 1872)

Ended Russian-Ottoman war of 1877-8.
Serbia, Romania, and Montenegro receive independence from the Ottoman Empire (previously had autonomous status).
Bulgaria, Bosnia, and Herzegovina gained autonomy.
Turkish troops withdraw from Bulgaria and Russia.
English translation available here.
(19 February (3 March) 1878; modern Russian translation)

Treaty ending Russo-Turkish war. This excerpt establishes Serbian independence and makes stipulations about religious liberty in Serbia.
(July 13, 1878; English)

Digital copies of thirteen printed Serbian constitutions since 1835 until 2006.
(1835-2006; facsimiles)

(1854 - 1901; image)

Site contains different documents and witnesses about relations betweeb Serbia and Turkey.
(1862; transcription in Russian)

(1862, 1864; transcription in Russian)

(1872; transcription in Russian)

(1878 - 1913; image, facsimile in Serbian)

Searchable book-length travel reports digitized at the University of Michigan.
(19th-20th century; hundreds of facsimiles in many languages)

Collection of documents about the communist revolutionary and leader.
(1892-1980; English translations)

Gallery of dukes and chetniks.
(Early 20th century; Serbian captions and facsimiles)

Issues of the digitized newspaper "Policy".
(1904-1941; Facsimiles in Serbian)

"The Rainbow Book:" German White Book, Austro-Hungarian Red Book, English Blue Book, French Yellow Book, Russian Orange Book, Serbian Blue Book and Belgian Grey Book: The Negotiations Leading to War.
Ed. Max Beer (Bern: Wyss, 1915)
A chronological combination of significant documents from the diplomatic archives of the various belligerent countries.
(29 June - 4 September 1914; facsimile of 2nd edition)
Declaration about the participation of Serbia in World War I.
(December 7, 1914; transcription in Serbian)
Documenting events from before Sarajevo until after Versailles.
(pre-1914 - post-1918; translations and transcriptions)
Major Resource.
A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1914-1918; transcriptions and translations)
Agreement leading to the creation of Yugoslavia.
(20 July 1917; facsimile, transcription in Serbian)
Agreement leading to the creation of Yugoslavia.
(20 July 1917; English translation)
Agreement leading to the creation of Yugoslavia.
(20 July 1917, 9 November 1918; transcription in Croatian)

Kingdom of Yugoslavia 1918-1944

(24 November 1918; English translation)
(November 1918; English translation)

Includes maps of administrative regions of Yugoslavia (1929), during WWII (1941-1945), and former Yugoslavia after WWII.
Part of the University of Michael Romer project COST Action IS0803: Remaking eastern borders in Europe.
(1918 to present; images, facsimiles in Russian, German, and English).
Map of the Balkans as they were newly organized at the end of World War I, after the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
(1918; zoomable map)

Interactive map, browse cases geographically.
The cases
Includes selected transcriptions and court decision documents.
List of judgements, case outcomes
(1918-1992; English transcriptions, documents)

Treaty between Bulgaria and Allied victors in WWI. Bulgaria ceded territory to Yugoslavia.
(November 27, 1919; English)
Treaty establishing borders between Italy and Yugoslavia.
(November 12, 1920; English)
Including treaties affecting the Hungarian-Yugoslav/Serbian border from the Treaty of Trianon to the Moscow Agreement.
Published by the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US Department of State.
(1920-1945; facsimiles)

Digitized issues of Zenit, one of the most important Avant-garde magazines of the region.
(1921-1926; facsimiles)

(June 28, 1921; text facsimile, signature page facsimile in Serbian)

Maps of concentration camps, division, and invasion routes in Yugoslavia.
(1933-1943; English facsimiles)
Photos from WWII Yugoslavia.
(1939-1945; Serbian facsimiles, English maps)

(1939-1945; Serbian captions in Cyrillic lettering)
(1941; image, facsimile in Serbian in Latin lettering)

(March 25, 1941; transcription in Croatian)

Document contains I nformation about federative administration of Yugoslavia.
(November 29, 1943; facsimile in Serbian)

List of those killed in September 1944.
Clickable map of Serbia. Clicking on districts brings up lists of number of missing and killed persons, listed into major district cities.
Also options to search by name, place of residence, and place of birth.
Website by the Serbian Ministry of Justice.
(September 1944; Serbian interface)

Communist Yugoslavia 1945-1992

Map counting amount of Serbian people in Serbia and other parts of Yugoslavia.
(1945-1991; English facsimile)

  • Foreign relations between the Serbia and the US
Documents from US State Department and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
(1945-1976; English transcriptions)

(1946; facsimiles in Serbian)

(1946; transcription in Serbian)

Declassified CIA documents from Cold War Era Hard Target Analysis.
(3 November 1958; PDF facsimiles)

Memorandum discussing many issues within Yugoslav government.
Written while Dobrica Ćosić was president of the Academy, though he himself did not write it.
PDF also available.
(1986; English translation)

Photographs from the JDC Archives.
(1980s, 1990s; images, English interface)

The constitution of the unrecognized Serbian state in Croatian territory.
(December 19, 1991; Croatian)

Modern Serbia 1992-present

Document reflects ideas about reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
(1991 - 1995; transcription in Croatian)
Use left-hand navigation bar to view various galleries of photos.
(1991-1995; photos, Serbian interface and captions)

Serbian attacks of Bosnia.
(Spring of 1992; fotogallary, transcription in English)

Official decisions of the Arbitration Commission of the Peace Conference on Yugoslavia. They provide guidance on the application of international law during the breakup of Yugoslavia.
(1992; English)
Official decisions of the Arbitration Commission of the Peace Conference on Yugoslavia. They provide guidance on the application of international law during the breakup of Yugoslavia.
(1993; English)

Findings of the Srebrenica Research Group into the allegations of events and the background leading up to them, in Srebrenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina, in 1995.
(Includes secondary materials and UN Documents on war crimes and genocide in Eastern Bosnia --> scroll down to bottom of page).
Video archive courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Includes a video and transcript of Hasan Nuhanovic speaking about the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb wartime leader.

List of sources with unique, relevant and substantive content relating to conflict in Kosovo.

(3 June 1999; English translation, Serbian web interface)

(1999; transcription in Serbian (in Latin letters))

(Fabruary 18, 2002; transcription in Serbian)

Document reflects ideas about reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
(April 30, 2003; transcription in English letters)

(2003, transcription in Croatian)

(November 30, 2006, transcription in English)

List of the digitized newspaper "Policy".
(2006 to the present; transcription in Serbian)

Legal and Constitutional Documents

Chronicle of Montenegrin history sprinkled with source documents.
Parallel Serbo-Croatian and English pages.
(Middle Ages to present; facsimiles, transcriptions, translations, audio and video files)

Collection of Serbian Laws.
Library of Congress guide to constitutional, legal and government documents.

Historical Collections

Serbian national archives.
Documents from the former state of Yugoslavia.
Serbian page of the World Documents Library.
(photos; facsimiles)
Collection of peace agreements entered into by Serbia.

Collection of historical maps of Serbia.
Collection of historical maps of Europe.
(facsimiles; Hungarian)

Includes primary and secondary documents, provided by Don Mabry.
(Transcriptions, facsimiles and commentaries, mostly in English)

Digital library of the National Library of Serbia offering a wealth of different sources.
Browse various collections (use sidebar on left to navigate to various collections).
Website also available in English.


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