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Anja Nikolic

Anja Nikolic enrolled in 2008 at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of History where she finished her undergraduate (BA) studies (thesis Rudyard Kipling and the Boer War) and her master studies (thesis Cromer’s Egypt and Kállay’s Bosnia and Herzegovina (1882-1907))

Since January 2015 she has been enrolled in PhD studies at the same University. She holds the Grant from the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research for PhD candidates. She is a part of an ongoing research project History of Political Institutions and Ideas in the Balkans in 19th and 20th century at Institute for Balkan studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Joseph Conrad – The Clash of the National and Imperial

Abstract:
Some of the most important works of Joseph Conrad were written at the peak of British imperialism. Born in the Polish family in 1857, Conrad was faced with a conflict between the national and imperial from his early years.

His complex identity gave him a unique view of imperialism since he was born in Russian-held Poland and then raised in Austrian-held part of his homeland and after those experiences he joined British navy and traveled across the world and saw with his own eyes true nature of imperialism. Conrad was someone who migrated from Central Europe to West and gave future scholars unique insight in imperialism. One of Conrad’s most famous novels Heart of Darkness raises questions about colonialism and imperialism and has become one of the most analyzed books in scholarly circles.

The paper presents Conrad’s attitude towards imperialism since his works were rather popular especially after 1913. We would also like to examine how he could influence public with his works.