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Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union in the early Cold War: reconciliation, comradeship, confrontation, 1953-57

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The first comprehensive insight into one of the most spectacular episodes of the Cold War – the reconciliation between Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union between 1953 and 1955. At the time, this process had shocked the World as much as the violent break-up of their relations did in 1948. This new book provides an explanation for the collapse of the process of normalization of Yugoslav-Soviet that occurred at the end of 1956 and the renewal of their ideological confrontation. It alsos explain the motives that guided the two main protagonists, Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia and the Soviet leader Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev. This book establishes several pioneering theses. Firstly, that the significance of the Yugoslav-Soviet reconciliation went beyond their bilateral relationship. It had ramifications for relations in the Eastern Bloc, the global Communist movement, and on the dynamics of the Cold War world at its crucial juncture. Secondly, that the Yugoslav-Soviet reconciliation brought forward the process of de-Stalinization in the USSR and in the Peoples’ Democracies. Thirdly, that it enabled Khrushchev to win the post-Stalin leadership contest. Lastly, the book argues that the process of Yugoslav-Soviet reconciliation permitted Tito to embark, together with Nehru of India and Nasser of Egypt upon creating the new entity in the bi-polar Cold War world – the Non-aligned movement. This book will be of much interest to Cold War historians and students of international relations and postwar European history.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25289/

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