"'Sto je više kleveta i laži, Tito nam je miliji i draži" - Prilog istoriji stvaranja Titovog kulta
"As there are More Lies and Defamations, Tito Becomes the Dearest and Cherished" - Contribution to the history of the creation of Tito's cult

Author(s): Kosta Nikolić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Centar za unapređivanje pravnih studija
Keywords: Tito's cult; Yugoslav communists; Stalin's cult; Stalinism; Yugoslav-Soviet conflict 1948-1949

Summary/Abstract: The paper represents a contribution to the history of the creation of Tito's cult in the time of Yugoslav-Soviet conflict 1948-1949. The author believes that Yugoslav communists perceived themselves as the most consistent followers of the Soviet Union and the ideological schemes that were prescribed by the Soviet Union. Until 1949 the strengthening of Tito's authority was characterised by the non-conflicting co-existence with Stalin's charisma. Until the breakup with Stalin, Tito's ideological authority was in the shadow of the authority of the state head. Due to the solid authority of the directive authority of Moscow, Tito was still not included in the circle of ideological "classics". In the shadow of Stalin's charisma Tito enjoyed the reputation of an anti-fascist national leader of the army of liberation. At this time the cult of Tito was being created also as the imitation of Stalin's cult. Only after the conflict in 1948 Tito's cult was actively used as a symbol of resistance and struggle for the independence of Yugoslavia. After the break-up with the Soviet Union, Tito's cult gained new dimensions and forms. Tito was glorified as the greatest anti-Stalinist who split with Stalin at the right moment and contributed to the destruction of his cult in the international communist movement.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 7-31
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Serbian