Publisher: The Archives of Serbia and Montenegro
Editor-in-Chief: Miladin Milošević, acting Director
Edited by: Nada Petrović
Introduction: Prof. Predrag Simić, Ph.D.
Reviewer: Prof. Milan Ristović, Ph.D.
Printed by: М-GRAF Trstenik
Circulation: 500 copies
The third book of the edition Sources for the History of International Relations – 1930-1940, Reports of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia for the Year 1932 has been published, encompassing monthly reports, from January to December 1932. The political and economic events in particular countries, the intertwining of political and economic connections were viewed in 23 countries of Europe and the USA, the work of the Council, Parliament and the Commission of the League of Nations, international conferences and other international organizations. The reports of Yugoslav delegates that were sent each month to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, have been entirely or partially incorporated into cumulative Reports of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia for the Year 1932.
During 1932 Yugoslav diplomacy participated in all major events in Europe: international conferences, working bodies of the League of Nations, thus parts of the Reports pertaining to their work has been presented in detail. With a view to reviewing political and economic events and the participation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in them, in the course of 1932, it is important to note that during 1932 the Ministers of Foreign Affairs were Vojislav Marinković, Ph.D., and then (from the beginning of July 1932), in the Government, Milan Srškić, Ph.D., and Bogoljub Jevtić, Ph.D.
The Kingdom of Yugoslavia was represented abroad in 1932 by delegates who were well known figures of Yugoslav diplomacy and cultural and public figures. From Rome reports were sent by delegate Milan Rakić, from Budapest Jovan Dučić, from Athens Hoško Hristić, from Prague Prvislav Grisogono, from Brusselles Petar P. Pešić, from Bucharest Boško Čolak-Antić, from London Đorđe Đurić and Božidar Purić as Charge d’Affaires, from Washington Leonid Pitamic, Ph.D., from Warsaw Branko Lazarević who was accredited also for Finland, Estonia and Latvia, as well as other well known figures.
The Kingdom of Yugoslavia did not have diplomatic relations with the USSR, thus reports on the USSR were written in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia based on the Soviet press and other sources. The participation of the USSR in international developments in 1932 and that of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Maksim Litvinov was reviewed within parts of the Reports from other countries, above all Poland and the Baltic countries, with regards signing the Non-Aggression Pact and the attempts for the Pact to be signed with Rumania as well.
For work on the critical part, the methodology and experience used in working for the first two books was used. The archival material of the fonds and collections of the Archives of Serbia and Montenegro was used, as well as reference material published in 2008, the digitalized edition of the daily paper Politika for the year 1932, foreign press and several internet editions.
During 1932, the economic crisis encompassed all countries of Europe and America. It is no wonder then that the reports from particular countries mainly presented and described the economic and industrial situation, as well as the diplomatic activities of the governments to secure financial support through the League of Nations. Readers and researchers may review, by viewing the basic text and notes, the efforts of the governments and their diplomacy to obtain loans and financial support. By viewing each individual country, in the course of 1932, it is possible to see the amount of money each particular country requested and the terms of the Financial Committee of the League of Nations for approving finances. Studies and reports of the delegates (financial experts) of the League of Nations, who were sent to requesting countries (in order to examine soundness of their requests), are chronologically followed through the material and notes for particular countries and in a part of the reports referring to the work of the League of Nations.
Readers may read this collection, as well as the previous two, textually in order of sequence, by months, or, depending on their interests, by countries, in order to obtain a complete picture and all information regarding the politics and situation of a particular country during the whole of 1932. We thus advise using the contents and linking the countries by name chronologically (by months). By using the names and geographical index one can gather by scrolling through the entire book a significant amount of additional information about individuals and their international activities.
As for the two previous book editions of the Sources for the History of International Relations – Reports of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia for 1930 and 1931, the editor kept to the basic principles of publishing archival material, its entirety and authenticity. The structure of the collection Reports of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia for 1932 consists of: the introduction, notes of the editor, the basic text of the archival material (chronologically laid out), registers (indexes) of personal names and geographical names, the inventory of used archival fonds and collections, the inventory of reference material, internet editions and contents.
The language and letter of the archival material have not been altered, thus the language and style of writing of the past times have been preserved.