JHP Phase I - Editors and Contributors

Workbook Editors:


Project Contributors:


Expert Readers:

  • Maria Todorova
  • Robert Stradling
  • Ivan Vejvoda
  • Peter Vodopivec


Local Language Editors:

Christina Koulouri Editor of the Greek Language Edition (and Editor and Academic Director of the whole JHP)

Helian Demiri is heading up the phase in Albania, and the Workbooks are on schedule for completion and printing in autumn

Kresimir Erdelja - Editor of the Croatian Edition of the Four History Workbooks

Zvezdan Folic Editor of the Montenegrin edition

Dragutin Papovic Editor of the Montenegrin edition

Irena Stefoska FOSIM and local language editor for the Macedonian language edition

Dubravka Stojanovic - Editor of the Serbian language Edition, Trainer of Trainers, Teacher Trainer and local project coordinator of the Serbian phases

Mr Dzevdet Tuzlic is the Coordinator of the BiH phase of the JHP and Dr Enes Milak is Editor of the Bosnian language edition of the history books.


History Teachers and Pedagogues Part of the Development:

  • Kresimir Alajbeg, Zagreb
  • Arzu Aydin, Istanbul
  • Marilena Bercea, Bucharest
  • Hristo Berov, Sofia
  • Radu Cerkez, Bucharest
  • Emina Dautovic, Bucharest
  • Bojana Dujkovic, Banja Luka
  • Irena Lilkova Garkova, Plovdiv
  • Entela Jorgii, Tirana
  • Alma Kasaruho, Tirana
  • Hayrettin Kaya, Istanbul
  • Yordanka Hristova Karageurova, Sofia
  • Snjezana Koren, Zagreb
  • Davor Koznjak, Zagreb
  • Eliza Kyriakou, Nicosia
  • Angelos Kyriakoudes, Limassol
  • Maria Kyriazi, Thessaloniki
  • Anastasia Kyrkini-Koutoula, Athens
  • Margita Madunic, Zagreb
  • Codruta Matei, Bucharest
  • Valentina Maver, Ljubljana
  • Mire Mladenovski, Skopje
  • Nada Molerovik, Skopje
  • Sorin Oane, Ramnicu- Valcea
  • Nuket Oren, Istanbul
  • Valentin Maxim Oros, CLuj
  • Mutlu Philipidou, Paphos
  • Nicu Pohoata, Bucharest
  • Jelka Razpotnik, Ljubljana
  • Vassiliki Sakka, Athens
  • Ljupka Smilanovska, Skopje
  • Nevenka Sres, Ljubljana
  • Angela Toader, Bucharet
  • Elvan Tongal, Istanbul
  • Fatmirhse Xemali, Tirana
  • Nenad Zarkovic Belgrade
  • Maria Zografiki, Xanthi


Biographical Notes

Halil Berktay, historian, currently an Associate Professor and programme convenor for History at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey). He was born in 1947. He holds a BA IN economics from Yale University (1968) and PhD in History from the University of Birmingham. He has worked at the Faculty of Political Science of Ankara University, the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and Bogazici University in Istanbul. He has been visiting several foreign universities: British Council Fellowship, Wolfson College, Cambridge Spring 1990; Fulbright Fellowship, Harvard, 1997 (associated with the Center for European Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies); NEXUS Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in Sofia (Bulgaria), 2002-2003. He is vice-chairperson of the History Education Committee of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (Thessaloniki, Greece); a founding member and former vice-president of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly (Turkey ). He is also a member of the editorial advisory boards for: Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change, Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. Main publications (in Turkish): "Republican Ideology and the (historian) Fuat Koprulu"; "From Tribe to Feudalism", "The Closing of an Era" and (in English): "New approaches to State and Peasant in Ottoman History (1991, co-edited with Suraiya Faroqhi). Current research interests: Historiography, Comparative approaches to Balkan Nationalisms, the initial construction and the Kemalist redefinition of Turkish national memory amidst the nation-building traumas and ethnic cleansings of the early 20th Century.

Boro Bronza, was born on January 6, 1974 in Bosanka Dubica. He has spent part of his childhood in Germany (Hameln and Hannover). Since 1993 he lives in Banja Luka where he finished the Pedagogy Academy (1996, Department of History and Geography). In 2000, he graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy (Department of History) with a thesis on "Some problems of Serbian history concerning European developments 1699-1718" earning the highest grade of 10. During his studies he has worked as journalist in alternative newspapers. Since January 2001 he is employed on the Department of History as an assistant for the "World Early Modern History XV-XIX century" project. During April and May 2002, he received a stipend from the Austrian federal ministry of education and visited the Department of History at "Karl und Franz" University in Graz, Austria. His research field is History of Habsburg Monarchy in XVIII and XIX centuries.

Costa Carras studied philosophy and ancient history at the University of Oxford. As a member of the board of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, he is responsible for the Joint History Project, and is Greek co-ordinator of the Greek-Turkish Forum. Among his writings are 3000 Years of Greek Identity: Myth or Reality, Domus Books, 1983 and 'The Holy Trinity, the Church and Politics in a Secular World' in Living Orthodoxy in the Modern World, London: SPCK, 1996, Crestwood, NY: SVSP, 2000 that he co-edited with Andrew Walker.

Helian Demiri, was born in Elbasan, Albania in 1979. He studied English language and British and American history in "Aleksandër Xhuvani" University, Elbasan from where he graduated in July 2001. He received his Masters Degree in History from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary on June 20, 2002 with the thesis: "The Perception of Albanian Monarchy in the Public Discourses, 1928-1939." From October 2002 he works as Assistant Lecturer of Balkan History and English in Aleksandër Xhuvani University, Elbasan, Albania.

Srdjan Dvornik is the Executive Director of the Croatia Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and has worked with the CDRSEE on previous projects to great success.His background is in philosophy.

Kresimir Erdelja was born in Zagreb in 1968. He has studied History and geography in Zagreb University from where he graduated with the thesis: "Relation of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) towards writers and literature". His main research interest is History of the 20th Century. He works as a history teacher in a primary school in Zagreb . He has been engaged in history textbook writing. He is the author of the history textbook and a reader of 7th grade Primary School and 1st grade Secondary School textbooks respectively.

Nikola Jordanovski, born in 1965, finished the faculty of history of the University of St. Cyrilus and Methodius in Skopje in 1992. From 1994 to 2000 he worked in the Institut of National History-Skopje. From 2000 onwards (currently), he has been studying on a doctoral program at the Graduate School for Social Research, Warsaw.

Niyazi Mustafa Kizilyurek, born in 1959 in Potamia, Cyprus, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus, Turkish Studies Department, and a member of the History Education Committee of the CDRSEE. He studied at the University of Bremen, Federal Republic of Germany (1978-1983), where he also received his PhD (1990). From 1986-1989, he received a scholarship by Friedrich Nauman Foundation, Germany. In 1997 he was awarded the Abdi Ipekci Peace and Friendship Prize. He has published the following books: 1) Internal and External Factors of the Cyprus Conflict, Nicosia, 1993, Second Edition, 2001 (in Turkish); 2) Priests and Pashas, An Essay Collection on Cyprus, Nicosia, 1988 (in Turkish); 3) Total Cyprus, Nicosia 1990, (in Greek); 4) Cyprus Beyond the Nation, Nicosia, 1993, (in Greek and Turkish); 5) Cyprus: Impasse of Nationalisms, Mavri Lista Publications, Athens, 1999, Second Edition, 2000 (in Greek). He is co-operating with the Centre d' Etudes sur la Turquie, le Moyen-Orient et les Balkans, Paris 8 Université, Vincennes-Saint-Denis and Trans Europiennes, Paris.

Valery Kamenov Kolev , was born in 1960 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He received an M.A. in history and M.A. in English in 1986 at Sofia University. He teaches Modern Bulgarian history (1878-1944) in Sofia University since 1988 and in the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia since 1999. Main fields of interest: state and local government, political and social life, and foreign policy. Ph.D. in History (2001). He is a member of the Editorial Board of "Minalo" historical magazine (since 1994). He is member of the Curriculum committees in history and in civic education in the Ministry of Education and Science. He is a co-author in a History textbook for the 10th grade.

Christina Koulouri, chair of the History Education Committee of the CDRSEE, is professor in Modern History at the University of the Peloponnese ( Greece ). In January 1990 she got her Ph.D. at Paris I-Panthion Sorbonne. In 1994 she received the Award "Nicolas Svoronos" for historical research and published works. She was a member of the project group of the Council of Europe on "Learning and Teaching the History of Europe of the 20th century" (1996-2000). She was a member of scientific committees for the authorization of history textbooks in Greek secondary schools. Co-ordinator of projects on the history of textbooks and on the history of the Hellenic Olympic Committee. She is also author of several books and articles on the teaching of history, history of historiography, textbooks, national memory and national identity and history of sports.

Mirela-Luminita Murgescu is associate-professor at the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest; she is also executive director of the Center for Historical, Economic and Social Studies, Bucharest, and member of the Education Committee of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in South East Europe, Thessaloniki. She has participated in several international projects in fields like textbook analysis, history of education, historiography, historical culture and nationalism, and has been fellow of the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation, of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and of the European Science Foundation. Besides numerous academic studies and book chapters, she has edited 4 volumes and has published also Intre "bunul crestin" si "bravul roman". Rolul scolii primare in construirea identitatii nationale romanesti (1831-1878) [Between "The Good Christian" and "The Brave Romanian". The role of primary school in the construction of the Romanian national identity] ( Iasi , 1999) and Istoria din ghiozdan. Memorie si manuale scolare in Romania anilor 1990 [History from the school bag. Memory and schoolbooks in Romania during the 1990s], Bucuresti, 2004.

Bogdan Murgescu, born in 1963 in Bucharest, is professor at the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest; he has been a Roman Herzog fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin (1998-2000) and has taught as Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh (2002) and at the Central European University in Budapest (2004). He is also president of the Bucharest Branch and national vice-president of the Romanian Society for Historical Studies, national coordinator of the history research competition ISTORIA MEA - EUSTORY, and member of the Executive Committee of the EUSTORY network. He has published numerous academic studies and several books on the history of Romania, on the Ottoman-Romanian relations, on the economic and social history of the 15th-20th century and on recent historiography. He has also coordinated 5 volumes, among which Romania and Europe : Modernisation as Temptation, Modernisation as Threat (Bucuresti 2000) and Istoria Romaniei in texte [History of Romania in Texts] (Bucuresti 2001)

Bogdan Florin Popovic was born in Bacau, Romania in 1976. He was a student at the Archival Science Department in Bucharest Police Academy. In 1999, he was awarded his master degree in Archival Science and History. He has been working in Brasov County Division of National Archives, Romania, since 1999. He is a Doctoral Student of History at the History Institute of Bucharest since 2000 when he also obtained a research scholarship from Hungary. He speaks English, French and Hungarian. His main fields of interest are Historical Geography, Techniques of Editing Sources and Archival Science.

Bozo Repe is an associate Professor of modern history at the University of Ljubljana. His research interests are 20th century Slovene, Yugoslav and Central European History. Before his academic career at the Univesity of Maribor (1992-1995) and University of Ljubljana (since 1995) he worked as history teacher in secondary schools. He published few textbooks: Nasa doba (Our Era-History of 20th century, textbook for secondary schools) DZS 1995 (second edition 1996); Nase stoletje (Our Century, textbook for elementary schools, co-author) Modrijan, 1997 (second edition 1998 third edition 1999); Sodobna zgodovina (Contemporary history, textbook for secondary schools), Modrijan 1998. He was a member of National curriculum council and he was leading a commission, which prepared new history curriculum for all levels of education in Slovenia.

Milan Ristovic was born in 1953. He graduated from the department of Contemporary History, Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. In 1981, he was awarded his Master Degree and in 1991 he completed his PhD studies at the same faculty. From 1978 to 1989 he worked as an assistant at the Institute for Contemporary History in Belgrade. In 1990, he joined the Department of History, Faculty of History. In 1991, he was given the title of Assistant Professor. In 1998 he was elected Associate Professor and in 2001, he was appointed as full Professor. His main field of research is European and Southeast European History in the 20th Century with regional specialization in Germany, Great Britain and Austria. He has been working as the chief editor of the "Goduisnjak za drustvenu istoriju" (Annual History Journal) since 1994 and he is the head of the Society for Social History since 1998.

Araks Sahiner was born in Istanbul in 1968. She graduated from the Department of History, at the Bogazici University in 1992. She was awarded her Master Degree in History from the same department in 1995. She is a PhD student at EHESS, since 1989. She has worked as a research assistant at Bogazici University for the period 1993-1995. She has been the head of the Social Science Department at MEF Schools in Istanbul since 1999.

Andrei Sora, was born in 1980 in Bucharest. He graduated from the History Department, University of Bucharest and now he is preparing an M.A. thesis at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He has been working as editor at "Erasmus", a student Historical review and also at the "Magazin istoric" review. Main fields of interests: Social and cultural history (the symbolic meaning of Romanian national expositions; the Administrative establishment in Romanian 19th century).

Vladimir Georgiev Stanev was born in Sofia in 1972. He graduated from the Faculty of History at Sofia Univesity in 1997. He is a full-time PhD student at the University of Sofia since 1999. He is teaching history at the Mathematics School in Sofia.

Irena Stefoska - local language editor of the Macedonian Language edition of the Workbooks.

Igor Stojakovic was born in Garesnica, Croatia in 1969. He studied history and geography at the University of Zagreb. He graduated in 1996. He was employed as history teacher in several primary schools in Zagreb. He is working as a history teacher at Primary School Zaprude in Zagreb and he is a co-writer of a history textbook for primary school.

Dubravka Stojanovic Dr Stojanovic has worked with the CDRSEE as the local project coordinator for the Serbian phase of the JHP, as well as the Trainer of Trainers and a Teacher Trainer for the JHP in Serbia. She is an assistant professor of History at the University of Belgrade and has worked as a researcher at the Institute for Modern Serbian History. She is the Founding Member of EuroClio Serbia, (the CDRSEE’s project partners) an organisation dedicated to the advancement of history education as a tool for empowering teachers and democratic skills development.

Dzevdet Tuzlic, is the Editor in chief of the cultural programme of the Radio and Television of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The CDRSEE cooperated successfully with Mr Tuzlic in the past on a creative radio drama project in BiH, which aimed to raise awareness and discuss issues of corruption and governance, through a series of fictional storylines and characters. In addition to his project management expertise, Mr Tuzlic lends his considerable understanding of the media and society in BiH to the project's outreach and press work, which is integral to its success.

Lina Venturas is an Assistant Professor of Modern Greek History in History and Ethnology Department of the Democritus University of Thrace. Her main publications are: Migration and Nation: Transformations of Collectivities and Social Positions; Greek Migrants in Belgium. The Committee on Hellenic Studies of Princeton University accorded her a two months Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton University (2000-2001).