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Blanka Matkovic

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in PaIS. Earlier I completed an MPhil degree in the Department of History where I was studying the war crimes and human rights violations committed by the Communist regime at the end and after the Second World War and supervised by Dr. Christoph Mick. My thesis was published in the USA by BrownWalker Press and it is also available on Amazon.

I also obtained Master of Science degree in International Relations and National Security at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia, defending the dissertation entitled "Irish Republican Army and the Struggle for United Ireland". The decision to enroll that programme instead of history was based on the fact it was focused on the history of the 20th century, diplomacy, politics, security, and international law.

Before that I graduated history at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (also known as Faculty of Philosophy) in Zagreb defending the dissertation titled "Socio-political Context of the Concordat between Holy See and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1935" and journalism at the Faculty of Political Science with the dissertation which focused on the analysis of Tibetan-Chinese and Taiwanese-Chinese relations. When I began my studies in History, I developed a special interest in the war and security studies, including war crimes, human rights violations, political ideologies, nationalism, political violence, and terrorism, which have remained my areas of research to the very day.

I have been a self-funded student since I came to Warwick and the only grants I have received were the Frankopan Fund Grant (2012/2013, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017) and the CEELBAS Internship Grant (2014) for which I am extremely grateful.

I am a co-founder and the president of the Croatian Society of Historians Dr Rudolf Horvat (Zagreb) as well as web designer and administrator for our website We are a small society whose research is focused on modern Croatian history and politics.


2015-2019, PhD in Politics and International Studies (PaIS), University of Warwick

2012-2015, MPhil in History, University of Warwick

2013-2014, Counselling skills, Professional Development Certificate, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick

MSc in International relations and national security, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Master of Journalism, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Master of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Research interests:

  • political and military history (20th century)
  • modern history of South-Eastern Europe
  • World War II and post-war period
  • war crimes and human rights violations
  • genocide and violence
  • displaced persons
  • migrations and diaspora
  • totalitarianism
  • political ideologies
  • international relations
  • national security
  • terrorism and counterterrorism
  • peacebuilding and conflict resolution
  • dealing with the past and memory
  • propaganda
  • digital archives
  • Northern Ireland

Other interests:

  • astronomy
  • psychology
  • paleontology
  • archeology
  • writing
  • painting
  • web design and databases