The Balkans in Heraldry—Emergence, Development, Future

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778). This special issue belongs to the section "Genealogical Communities: Community History, Myths, Cultures".

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Macedonian Heraldic Society, Skopje 1000, North Macedonia
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue on “The Balkans in Heraldry– emergence, development, future” is part of Genealogy, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal in our field, produced by international academic publishers MDPI ( The Guest Editor is Dr. Jovan Jonovski, President of the Macedonian Heraldic Society.

As an active scholar in this field, you are invited to submit a proposal for an article of interest to the academic and interest-group communities worldwide.

The topic is heraldry in the Balkans. Heraldry is understood in its broader meaning, personal, municipal, state, military, ecclesial, etc., and so is the Balkans. The aim is to present heraldry that takes forms other than those of the “traditional heraldic lands”. As heraldry is intertwined with genealogy, also articles connecting heraldry with wider genealogical issues, such as genealogical and status continuity, are accepted.

Bearing in mind that this publication will reach a different audience from those who attend heraldic conferences or read the literature produced by Heraldic Societies, etc., there is an opportunity to expand the scope away from the more traditional targets.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the Guest Editors ( or to the Genealogy editorial office ( Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

Some potential areas of focus might include the following, although all submissions are welcome and encouraged:

  • Emergence of the Balkans in heraldic sources;
  • The influence of European heraldic sources on the development of Balkan heraldry;
  • The development of heraldry in the Balkans and Southern European countries;
  • The development of genealogy and its heraldic/symbolic manifestations in the Balkans and Southern European countries;
  • Municipal heraldry—jurisdiction, rules, and system;
  • Military heraldry and vexillology of a Southern European country;
  • The politics of heraldry and the uses of arms for political purposes;
  • The concept of ‘nobility’ in different heraldic jurisdictions;
  • Nobile and commoner genealogy of the families in the Balkans and Southern European countries and its heraldic symbolisation;
  • The sociology of heraldry—do class and status matter?
  • Adherence to heraldic law in jurisdictions with no heraldic authorities;
  • Historic heraldry;
  • Education in heraldry;
  • Education  in genealogy and family coats of arms;
  • Future of Balkan heraldry;
  • Future of Balkan genealogy and family coats of arms;
  • In addition, anyone who would like to act as a Reviewer for submitted papers is welcome to be in touch.

Genealogy follows the Open Access, pay-to-publish, free-to-read formula now common across all academic disciplines. However, the publication fee is to be waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this Special Issue.

There are general Instructions for Authors at

Dr. Jovan Jonovski
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27 pages, 22150 KiB  
The Development of the State Emblems and Coats of Arms in Southeast Europe
by Jovan Jonovski
Genealogy 2023, 7(3), 54; - 7 Aug 2023
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Heraldic traditions in southeast European countries are similar, as are the histories of their state emblems and coat of arms. Their development could be classified into three periods: (1) from the founding of the states until the end of World War II; (2) [...] Read more.
Heraldic traditions in southeast European countries are similar, as are the histories of their state emblems and coat of arms. Their development could be classified into three periods: (1) from the founding of the states until the end of World War II; (2) the socialist period; and (3) the period of democratisation after the collapse of socialism. The focus of this work is the processes of the adoption of coats of arms. The descriptions are taken from the appropriate legal documents. This paper examines the emblems and coats of arms of modern southeastern European, or Balkan states, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, and Serbia. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Balkans in Heraldry—Emergence, Development, Future)
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