Research Areas:

  • History of the 20th century
  • World War II
  • Operational Zone of the Adriatic Littoral
  • Structures of Authorities
  • Collaboration


Denis Cerkvenik studied history at the Faculty of Humanities in Koper. During his postgraduate studies, he focused his attention primarily on the Italian territories. His BA was on the subject of the operation of counter-intelligence services in the Slavia Friulana after the World War II. Due to his knowledge of the Russian language, the area of his master’s research shifted towards the East, more precisely to the Russian empire and Soviet Union. On 24th of August 2015 he finished his master’s and the outcome of his studies was the thesis on the »Views of Slovenian politicians and businessmen towards the Soviet Union during the period of Slovene independence”. Through the work on his master’s thesis he conducted interviews with key politicians and businessmen who, during the Slovenian struggle for independence, cooperated with the Soviet Union.
In addition to his studies, he was an active member in the ISHA Trieste-Koper (International Students History Association). Denis also went overseas for internships twice to Tunisia (Tunis and Sfax) and to Russia (MESI, Moskovski gosudarstvenij universitet ekonomijej, statistiki i informatiki). During the time of his internships, Denis was learning English as a foreign language. He also studied Russian language during his time in Russia.
In 2017 he was chosen as a young researcher by the mentor/professor Egon Pelikan, PhD. His field of research at the Institute for Historical Studies at the Science and Research Centre Koper is the political-military questions concerning the area of the northern Adriatic during the second world war more specifically “The Operational Zone of the Adriatic Littoral”. He is attending his doctoral studies at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts at the Department of History.