Pro-Yugoslav anti-communist guerillas in Croatia after the Second World War Cover Image

Projugoslavenska protukomunistička gerila u Hrvatskoj nakon Drugoga svjetskog rata
Pro-Yugoslav anti-communist guerillas in Croatia after the Second World War

Author(s): Zdenko Radelić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Hrvatski institut za povijest
Keywords: anticommunist guerilla; Serb chetniks; Croatia 1945-1950

Summary/Abstract: On the basis of a review of the activities of pro-Yugoslav anti-communist guerilla forces in Croatia at the end of the Second World War in 1945, the author raises awareness of the many problems that present themselves in this type or related types of research. Only sources generated by one party to the conflict are accessible to researchers. In this case, the documents generated by the State Security Services, the DFJ/FNRJ, whose one-sidedness and superficiality impede not only a reconstruction of events, but also an objective evaluation of pro-Yugoslav, chetnik and other anti-communist guerilla groups in Croatia. Regardless of the fact that these groups’ numbers and influence declined rapidly, their activities can be traced as late as 1950. During the year following the war they almost totally disappeared, but by the end of the 1940s armed groups, motivated largely by communist measures undertaken in agriculture, had reappeared, and these groups were not devoid of the influence of Great Serbian ideologies. Archival collections of documents of the State Security Services, on which the other bases his work, are held at the Croatian State Archive in Zagreb.

  • Issue Year: 35/2003
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 463-487
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Croatian