Josip Broz Tito was the first President of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, holding the role from 1953 to his death in 1980. After distinguishing himself in the resistance during the Second World War, he played a crucial role in shaping the new federal state and went on to defy Stalin, calling instead for a “third way” between the Eastern and Western Blocs. In just 50 minutes, you will find out about his decisive influence on the history of Yugoslavia and the events that shook the country after his death, namely the Yugoslav Wars and its eventual dissolution.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in Tito’s military and political career, including his leadership of the Partisans during the Second World War, the Tito-Stalin split and his crucial role in the foundation of the Non-Aligned Movement. It also features a full biography, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and an evaluation of the impact of Tito’s leadership, giving you all the essential information about the Marshal of Yugoslavia.
About Josip Broz Tito
Josip Broz, later known under the name he adopted for himself, Tito, was born in 1892 in Croatia, which at that time was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. During his time as a prisoner of war during the First World War, he was introduced to the Communist ideas that were sweeping through Russia, and went to play a decisive role in the Communist party of his own country. His influence on the development of Yugoslavia, which emerged as a country in the aftermath of the Second World War, was extensive, and the federated republic collapsed not long after his death.
This clear and accessible 68-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to Tito
- Biography of Tito
- Service in the Austro-Hungarian army
- Communist activism
- Social and political context
- The Balkans from 1914 to 1941
- The invasion of Yugoslavia
- The Communist resistance
- The road to victory
- Key moments
- The Communists’ rise to power
- The Tito-Stalin split
- The Non-Aligned Movement
- Domestic and economic policy
- Impact of Tito’s leadership
- The beginning of the collapse
- The Yugoslav Wars
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