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Party Pluralism or Monism: Social Movements and the Political System in Yugoslavia, 1944-1949
Party Pluralism or Monism: Social Movements and the Political System in Yugoslavia, 1944-1949
By Vojislav Kostunica and Kosta Cavoski
East European Monographs, 1985, 257 pp

During World War II the Yugoslav communists publicly pledged a system of political democracy after victory, but the early postwar years saw the gradual elimination of all parties and leaders, those within the "People's Front" as well as those outside, who were in any way out of line with the Communist Party. This study is a clinical exposure of that process, illustrated largely by the pronouncements of Tito and his colleagues. It is remarkable that such a critique of the monolithic party and of official history and orthodox doctrine was permitted to be published in the original Serbo-Croatian version in Belgrade in 1983. Although it was later banned and withdrawn, it should continue to have echoes in the continuing discussion on the past and future of Yugoslavia.