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The First Yugoslavia: Search for a Viable Political System
The First Yugoslavia: Search for a Viable Political System
By Alex N. Dragnich
Hoover Press, 1983, 182 pp

Professor Dragnich, who has written on the history of Serbia before World War I and on Communist Yugoslavia since World War II, is admirably qualified to write this story of interwar Yugoslavia. It is that of an experiment in democracy which failed, followed by an experiment in dictatorship and "guided democracy" which also failed, thanks to the "national" or Serb-Croat question, which threw into doubt the very existence of a Yugoslav state and condemned it to paralyzing internal conflict. The book concentrates on politics-the rise and fall of cabinets and the intrigues of politicians-to the virtual exclusion of economics and foreign policy.