"Nicola Pasic and Ante Trumbic: The book" will provide the first parallel biographies of two key Yugoslav politicians of the early 20th century: Nikola Pasic, a Serb, and Ante Trumbic, a Croat. It will also offer a brief history of the creation of Yugoslavia (initially known as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes), internationally accepted at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919-20 (at the Treaty of Versailles). Such an approach will fill two major gaps in the literature - scholarly biographies of Pasic and Trumbic are lacking, while Yugoslavia's formation is due a reassessment - and to introduce the reader to the central question of South Slav politics: Serb-Croat relations. Pasic and Trumbic's political careers and their often troubled relationship in many ways perfectly epitomize the wider Serb-Croat question.
Dr Dejan Djokic is Lecturer in the Department of History at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research interests lie in the field of modern history of the Balkans, in particular the political, social and cultural history of the former Yugoslavia. He is also a regular commentator on contemporary events in the former Yugoslavia for UK and international media, including BBC World Service (Serbian section) and ABC National Radio (Sydney). The focus of Professor Alan Sharp's teaching and research has been 20th-century international history and British foreign policy after the First World War, with a particular emphasis on the making and implementation of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 on which he is an internationally recognised expert.