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Совјетски поглед на Балкан и југословенску доминацију у Албанији (1943–1947)
The Soviet View of the Balkans and the Yugoslav Domination in Albania (1943–1947)

Author(s): Aleksandar Životić
Subject(s): Diplomatic history, Political history, International relations/trade, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Geopolitics
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Balkans; Yugoslavia; Albania; Soviet Union; Josip Broz Tito; Enver Hoxha; a cold war; a socialist world; political domination;
Summary/Abstract: The Soviet Union kept a watchful eye on the Yugoslav presence in Albania immediately after the end of WWII. Yugoslavia was helping Albania in every way during WWII and it continued its aid after the war. In the beginning the Soviet Union wasn’t present in that country to any significant degree. The Soviet influence was confined to symbolic military and diplomatic presence. However, over time the Soviet presence in Albania began to be more perceptible and clearer. The Soviet presence didn’t push back the Yugoslav influence and it didn’t limit the level of the Yugoslav-Albanian relations, but it strictly determined the reach of the mutual cooperation. The Soviets left to the Yugoslavs the organizatorial activities in the Albanian Communist Party, economy and culture. One gets the impression the Yugoslav presence in Albania was a downsized copy of the Soviet influence in Yugoslavia. Furthermore, Yugoslavia was a powerful mediator between Albania and the Soviet Union, a country the Soviet top-brass entrusted with the tutelage over Albania, seeing it as the guarantor of Albanian independence and security.

  • Page Range: 327-346
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Language: Serbian