The Outlook for the Balkans
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Even though the role of Balkans in the Second World War has been given a special chapter, it is without any intention of exaggerating the importance of this region or of suggesting that it had a decisive strategical importance in the military plans of the belligerent powers. Such had not been the case in the First World War, in our opinion, even though the first blow from the Central Powers and the outbreak of the war had occurred in the Balkans. Even though in the First World War the western allies established a bridgehead at Salonika, the Salonika front only gained in importance at the very end of the war, when military action was used to back up the political plans for this part of Europe.
KeywordsForeign Policy International Relation Socialist Country Balkan Country Peaceful Coexistence
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- 1.The foreign political aspect of the attempt to come to an agreement with Draža Mihailovic, and more especially the sending of the early British military missions, are discussed by Evard Kardelj, Secanja (Beograd: Radnicka štampa, 1980) pp. 25–9, 35–40.Google Scholar
- 2.Ibid., pp. 50–54; also see: Leo Mates, Medjunarodni odnosi socijalisticke Jugoslavije (Beograd: Nolit, 1976) pp. 18–19.Google Scholar
- 3.Svetozar Vukmanovic-Tempo, Borba za Balkan (Zagreb: Globus, 1981) p. 88.Google Scholar
- 8.‘We shall no longer be anybody’s football or bargaining counter. In this struggle we have acquired the right to participate on an equal footing with our allies both in this war and in the building of a new and happier Europe and not only Yugoslavia.’ Josip Broz Tito, Jugoslavija u borbi za nezavisnost i nesvrstanost. A selection of texts. (Sarajevo, 1977) p. 13.Google Scholar
- 11.Ibid., op. cit., pp. 16–17; about the Comintern’s disapproval of AVNOJ, see: Vladimir Dedijer, Interesne sfere (Beograd: Prosveta, 1980) p. 352.Google Scholar
- 32.E. Kardelj, Socijalizam i rat (Beograd: Kultura, 1960) pp. 184–5.Google Scholar