Yugoslavia, The West And Neighboring Countries Of

Jugoslavija, Zapad i susedne zemlje „narodne demokratije“ posle Beogradske deklaracije 1955.
Yugoslavia, The West And Neighboring Countries Of "people’s Democracy" After The Belgrade Declaration In 1955

Author(s): Vladimir Lj. Cvetković
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institut za savremenu istoriju, Beograd
Keywords: Yugoslavia; West; countries of the “people’s democracy”; Belgrade Declaration; USSR

Summary/Abstract: After Stalin’s death and the beginning of the process of normalization of Yugoslav-Soviet relations as well as the relations of Yugoslavia with other countries of “people’s democracy”, the suspicion in the character of this normalization as well as in its final outcome which for some circles in the West could have easily been the return of Yugoslavia to Soviet bloc which would have annulled the influence of the West which until the end of the 40’s was becoming stronger, became more and more expressed. During the process of normalization of the relations with the East, the new foreign political conception, which was based on the principle of equidistance form the blocs and peaceful coexistence with all states and which because of stronger Yugoslav activity in the area of decolonization did not find understanding in the West, was being formed in Yugoslavia. The signing of the Belgrade Declaration represented a new challenge in this sense but also an opportunity for the West to try to use Yugoslavia and its new role for the influence on the countries of the “people’s democracy” (especially the neighboring ones) in the direction of the encouragement of the independence from Moscow. On the other hand, thisrole was acceptable for Yugoslavia only partially because it had to take into the account how far in those circumstances it could have gone without provoking Soviet’s reaction.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 149-162
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Serbian