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Tito and the Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia

Tito and the Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia

By Richard West

, 1995, pp.

When Marshal Tito, president of Yugoslavia, died on May 4, 1980, the representatives of 122 states, including an impressive array of world leaders, attended his funeral. He was almost universally hailed as the last great World War II leader, the first communist to successfully challenge Stalin, and the founder of "national communism." Above all else, Tito was praised as the creator of modern Yugoslavia, the leader whose wisdom and statesmanship had united Yugoslavia's historically antagonistic national groups in a stable federation.

In his excellent book, Tito and the Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia, Richard West provides us with a biography, travelogue, and popular

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  • Aleksa Djilas is the author of The Contested Country: Yugoslav Unity and Communist Revolution, 1919-1953. From 1987 to 1994 he was a Fellow at the Russian Research Center, Harvard University.
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