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Превага прагматизма (Прилог разумевању британско-југословенских односа у Другом светском рату)
Prevalence of Pragmatism (Contribution to Understanding of Anglo-Yugoslav Relations During World War II)

Author(s): Milan Terzić
Subject(s): Civil Society, Diplomatic history, Military history, Political history, International relations/trade, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949)
Published by: Institut za strategijska istraživanja
Keywords: War; occupation; resistance; international recognition; military missions; political interests; Great Britain; USSR; foreign policy; The Second World War; social movements;

Summary/Abstract: During World War II, the United Kingdom and the USSR were the holder of the policy toward Yugoslavia, but differently motivated. The position on the sustainability of Yugoslav concept prevailed with the great Allies, and the crucial thing was who fits into that concept. At the beginning of the war, the Yugoslav Royal Government was in a better position than the National Liberation Movement and laid hopes in General Mihailović. General Mihailović was its political and military support in the field. Over time, for military interests, the British turned to other militant partisan movement, although it was an ideological exponent of the USSR. Over time, the communist movement expanded its international capabilities, with its combat activity bridging its position among the Western allies. In international relations, it took a leading role in representing the Yugoslav peoples. Thus, in the final stage of the war, compared to the Yugoslav royal government and General Mihailović, it expanded its international capabilities. In such foreign policy circumstances and the reality of military and political situation in Yugoslavia, the outcome of the Yugoslav war was determined and the United Kingdom recognized the changes made in Yugoslavia during World War II.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 45-65
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Serbian