Dragan Bakić

Title of Paper : Blind Ambitions or British Intelligence Input?: the 27 March 1941 Coup coup d’etat in Belgrade and Yugoslav Army Officers

Dr. Dragan Bakić earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade (five-year course, first class honours degree) in 2005. He completed his PhD studies at the School of History, University of Leeds, UK, in 2011 as a recipient of the University of Leeds Overseas Research Student Award Scheme. His doctoral dissertation was entitled ‘Great Britain, the Little Entente and Security in Danubian Europe, 1919-1936’ and written under supervision of Prof. John Gooch. Bakić was then a visiting fellow at the Institute for Contemporary History in Belgrade for a year and also continued to work as a freelance translator, translating from Serbian to English. Since 2012 he has been working as an assistant research professor at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Bakić has been mainly interested in international history of the era of two world words, and the history of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Balkans. This is reflected in a number of his works published in the prestigious Serbian and international journals. The most important and recent publication is a monograph Britain and Interwar Danubian Europe: Foreign Policy and Security Challenges, 1919-1936 (London: Bloomsbury, 2017), which is an amended and expanded text of his PhD thesis. He is currently working on a comprehensive biography of Milan Stojadinović, the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1935-1939).