Dimitrije Đorđević

Dimitrije Đorđević (1922-2009) is one of the most important Serbian and Serbian-American historians who focused on the history of the Balkans in the 19th and 20th centuries. He was employed at the Historical Institute and the Institute for Balkan Studies of SASA in Belgrade. At the same time, he taught as a visiting professor at American and European universities. In 1970, he became a full professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the United States. After going to America, he continued to give lectures at other American and European universities. He taught the recent history of the Balkans, Eastern Europe and taught a course in the history of modern Europe. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dimitrije Đorđević was the founder and head of the program for Balkan studies. He was a member of the executive board of the American Foundation for Slavic and Eastern European Studies (1976-1978), as well as its president (1984-1985).

He participated in the work of the editorial boards of the journals Balcanica (Institute for Balkan Studies SASA), Austrian History Yearbook (Rice University), South-eastern Europe (Pittsburg), East Europena Quartely (Boulder in Colorado), Historical Abstract (Santa Barbara - Oxford), Serbian Studies (Chicago).

He was a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the American Historical Society, the Association of American Slavists, the Society for the Studies of Southeast Europe, the Society for the Studies of Modern Greece, the Bulgarian Study Group, and the North American Society for Serbian Studies.

Dimitrije Đorđević was an internationally recognized scientist, author and co-author of fourteen books that have been translated into several major world languages, as well as a valuable witness of one time. He is remembered not only as an exceptional historian, but also as a favorite professor, a kind man of mild temperament who was respected for his exceptional human qualities. Professor Đorđević's family bequeathed his library to the Institute for Balkan Studies of SASA.