After the publication by Peter Lang of the first volume of the South-East European History Series, Old and New Insights on the History of Intelligence and Diplomacy in the Balkans, which explores intelligence and diplomatic activities in the Balkan region, a new volume is being prepared by Balkan History Association.

The Balkans have been at the center of great-power competition and strategic interests for centuries, not only as a link between the West and the Middle East, but also in terms of their natural resources. In this context and starting from the generally accepted idea that Russia was historically a important player in the Balkans, the volume will try to address the questions: How the Russia’s attitude toward the region changed over the last three centuries in the context of relations between Russia and certain Western powers? What were and still are Russia’s interests in the Balkans? How have Balkan nations/countries and the other great-power competitors responded? Which were Russia’s allies/enemies/competitors in the Balkans?

The Balkan History Association is preparing a volume that aims to provide a better understanding on how Russia has wielded influence in the Balkans during the last three centuries. Our intentions are to see beyond the Russian-Ottoman wars and bilateral relations and to encourage new perspectives and seek new sources on every issue relating to the volume theme: military, diplomatic, intelligence, cultural, economic, and religion. We encourage paper proposals from young researchers, doctoral students, established scholars, and former practitioners.

Submission procedure

Original manuscripts should be prepared following the editorial guide of the publisher, available on their website, especially “Style Guidelines – British English” and “Submission Guidelines“. You can see the chapters of this open access volume to understand how manuscripts should be edited. Manuscripts must not have been published, submitted for publication or available on the internet elsewhere. Interdisciplinary work is particularly welcome. Please submit your proposal, including the title of your manuscript, an abstract (up to 300 words), and an author’s biography (up to 100 words) to The abstract should include the research question and purpose, the approach and main ideas, results of the research and a basic description of the sources used (archival documents, secondary sources etc.). No figures, tables, footnotes, or endnotes should be included in the abstract. Articles should not exceed 8,000 words in length including footnotes and references (reference list or bibliography). The volume may contain up to 20 black-and-white images.


April 15, 2023: Submit the proposals to editors
May 15, 2023: Notification of accepted proposals
August 1, 2023: Receipt of final papers for peer review
October 30, 2023: Revised studies re-submitted to the editors


Matthew Crosston (Bowie State University, USA)

Mihaela Teodor (National Intelligence Academy, Romania)

Jordan Baev (Rakovski National Defense College, Bulgaria)

Bogdan Teodor (National Intelligence Academy, Romania)

Please circulate this call for papers among your colleagues and other potentially interested scholars.

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