Stevan Bozanich

PhD Candidate

BA, University of British Columbia, 2015
MA, University of Victoria, 2017

Supervisor: Andre Gerolymatos

Research Description

My dissertation looks at the relationship between ideology and mass violence amongst paramilitary groups. Specifically, I look at a Serbian nationalist organization which operated during the Second World War in Yugoslavia, the Chetniks. The dissertation seeks to know how their choice to collaborate with the Axis invaders may have influenced decisions to perpetrate mass violence against ethnic Croatian and Bosnian Muslim civilians.

Working Dissertation Title

Toward Collaboration and Mass Violence: The Chetniks from the Interwar Period to 1945.

Biography

As much as I enjoy my research, I also love to travel the world with my wife and our toddler daughter.

Publications

“Tito’s Chetnik Hunters: The Birth and Regeneration of Yugoslavia’s Secret Police.” Armed Resistance in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, 1945-1956. Forthcoming.

Conference Papers

“From Men into Hajduks, From Criminals into Paramilitaries: The Construction of Serbian Paramilitary Identity, 1991-1995.” 17th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference: The Social Network. University of British Columbia, 2017.

“Tito’s Chetnik Hunters.” Armed Resistance in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, 1945-1956. Vienna, Austria, 2017.

 “Of Hajduks and Paramilitaries: The Embodiment of the Bandit-Rebel by Serbian Paramilitaries.” Memory and Momentum: Culture and Change in Central and Eastern Europe. University of Victoria, 2017.

 “A History of the Warring Hajduk.” Qualicum Graduate History Conference. Parksville, British Columbia, 2017.

 “‘When society fails, the nation appears as the ultimate guarantee’: Debunking Kaplan and Yugoslavia’s ‘ancient hatreds’ trope.” Annual Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Conference. University of Washington, 2016.

 “The Many Misrepresentations of Gavrilo Princip.” History and Classics Graduate Students’ Annual Conference. University of Alberta, 2016.

 “Competing Paths to Nationalism featuring Ivo Andrić and Gavrilo Princip.” Qualicum Graduate History Conference. Parksville, British Columbia, 2016.

 “The Many Misrepresentations of Gavrilo Princip: The Legacy of an Assassin.” AUS Humanities and Social Sciences Conference. University of British Columbia, 2015.

Awards

Edward & Emily McWhinney Hellenic Scholarship, Simon Fraser University, 2017.

Nick Kravariotis Memorial Scholarship, Simon Fraser University, 2017.

Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC Graduate Scholarship, Simon Fraser University, 2017.

History Department Travel Grant, University of Victoria, 2017.

CUPE 4163 Conference Award Funding, University of Victoria, 2017.

Graduate Award, University of Victoria, 2016.

History Department Travel Grant, University of Victoria, 2016.

Faculty of Graduate Studies Travel Grant, University of Victoria, 2016.

Teaching Assistantships

HIST 338: The Second World War, Simon Fraser University, Fall 2017.

World History, 1945-Present, University of Victoria, Spring 2017.

Imperial Russia, 1689-1917, University of Victoria, Fall 2016.

Modern Ukraine, University of Victoria, Fall 2016.

History and Memory in Eastern European Cultures, University of Victoria, Fall 2016.

Eastern Europe Through Western Eyes, University of Victoria, Fall 2016.

World History, 1945-Present, University of Victoria, Spring 2016.

Europe: Napoleon to the European Union, University of Victoria, Spring 2016.

Europe: Renaissance to French Revolution, University of Victoria, Fall 2015.

The Second World War, University of Victoria, Fall 2015.

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