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    Anonymous

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    The Josip Broz Tito – Fun Facts, Stories And Fiction About Yugoslav Leader

    Whether we liked or hated Josip Broz Tito, there is no doubt that he was one of the most important historical figures on the Balkans. And like many other figures, Tito also had some interesting stories that ran around him.

    Read the full story here

    #436626

    Anonymous

    The Legend. :)

    #436627

    Anonymous

    “Whether we liked or hated Josip Broz Tito, there is no doubt that he was one of the most important historical figures on the Balkans”

    Hehe. Balkan was too small for Tito. You can’t limit him to such a small area.

    #436629

    Anonymous

    You can take South Slavs everything but mythomania

    #436630

    Anonymous

    Broz would’ve been alright if he wasn’t a commie dictator, liar and bloodthirsty against his opposition. He definitely had some mojo given how many people today still worship at his shrine but that was offset by his North Korean like paranoia

    #436632

    Anonymous

    Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia didn’t survive, I wonder what will make EU to survive? 

    I think the nationalism will make EU to collapse. That is a rule proven by History. 

    @Xekoslav you can keep croats and serbs in federation only by force and by a dictator as tito

    #436635

    Anonymous

    As soon as Serbia joins EU Croatia will think of leaving.

    He kept artificial Yugoslavia intact. 

    #436636

    Anonymous

    Well someone needs to make space for Serbia B)

    #436637

    Anonymous

    @MegaArgus01, its not just Croats with Serbs that need force, Macedonians, Slovenians, and Bosniaks left primarily because of Serbs in that particular arrangement. Fast forward and Montengrins and Albanians did the same. To keep everyone glued together, not just Serbs and Croats force was required. 

    #436658

    Anonymous

    I think Yugoslavia would have been able to survive a little longer if he kept true to his socialist principles and not cosy up with the West so much, who only ended up betraying Yugoslavia after Tito’s death.

    #436678

    Anonymous

    If Broz stayed true to his “socialist principles” there would have never been a 1960s and 1970 “economic boom” Yugo supporters love to point out as proof of how great and divine the man was. If he stayed true to socialist principles he would’ve remained a Bolshevik and would’ve never got himself booted from Stalin’s court. I know its popular for some Slavs to blame the monolithic “West” for pretty much everything i.e. the “West” destroyed a perfect paradise in Yugoland but those are just convenient blinders I think. 

    #436679

    Anonymous

    Immediately after the WWII Yugoslavia was desperate for food, so Tito ordered some cereal crops/wheat/oats from the CCCR. The outcome was the same as in 1943 when Partisans were desperate for the weapons so they ordered some from Stalin. When nothing arrived, he ordered some from America and the crops was in Yugoslavia in no time. When, at the time, many pro-Soviet politicians/partisans/people criticized his decision to order crops from the capitalist West, he answered: “I promise you that American crops are much better than the Russians, which we have never received”. 

    #436682

    Anonymous

    The partisans received weapons from the Soviet Union in WWII. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info from. Where did you read that? 

    The boom occurred after Yugoslavia was forced to liberalise their economy a little bit in exchange for American reassurance and help. After that boom the Yugoslavian economy needed to continue to rely on loans and eventually it became so reliant on loans from the world bank that when the world bank stopped giving loans to Yugoslavia the economy collapsed. The world bank then stated that if any Yugoslav republic wanted to receive loans they would have to seek independence. 

    And what happened after the boom? A recession where many greedy individuals left for a quick buck. That’s the nature of capitalism; an seemingly endless spree of booms and recessions until your country collapses or becomes a virtual colony of America.

    I’m not putting the blame solely on America and ‘the West’ but they did play a huge role in the destruction of Yugoslavia. They encouraged right-wing nationalists to seek independence by any means necessary and transition into a capitalist economy that was reliant on the American dollar. Now look at those countries. Their economies have surpassed Yugoslavian levels despite one of the major reasons for independence was for economic prosperity.

    #436684

    Anonymous

    Immediately after the WWII Yugoslavia was desperate for food, so Tito ordered some cereal crops/wheat/oats from the CCCR. The outcome was the same as in 1943 when Partisans were desperate for the weapons so they ordered some from Stalin. When nothing arrived, he ordered some from America and the crops was in Yugoslavia in no time. When, at the time, many pro-Soviet politicians/partisans/people criticized his decision to order crops from the capitalist West, he answered: “I promise you that American crops are much better than the Russians, which we have never received”. 

    He let some parts starve intentionally, i.e. most of Herzegovina and areas where collaboration sympathy was suspected. This forced the exodus of many from the region to more fertile areas in Yugoslavia ( Slavonia and Vojvodina after the Swabians were unceremoniously evicted from those parts). This is how my own family ended up in Slavonia. 

    #436685

    Anonymous

    That’s the nature of capitalism; an seemingly endless spree of booms and recessions until your country collapses or becomes a virtual colony of America.

    This is more  feature of central banking whether present in capitalist economies or not. The boom/bust cycle is completely predictable and Frederich Hayek did a fantastic job explaining it in his business cycle theories. boom/bust is not an innate feature of free market capitalism. 

    I’m not putting the blame solely on America and ‘the West’ but they did play a huge role in the destruction of Yugoslavia. They encouraged right-wing nationalists to seek independence by any means necessary and transition into a capitalist economy that was reliant on the American dollar. Now look at those countries. Their economies have surpassed Yugoslavian levels despite one of the major reasons for independence was for economic prosperity.

    I’m aware of this claim that the monolithic West orchestrated the downfall of poor innocent Yugoslavia. That’s an easy pill to swallow for those that want to absolve guilt the of local actors and the failures of some of the Yugoslavian communists. I don’t have the time right now to enumerate the many reasons I disagree with that particular viewpoint. 

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