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Војногеографски положај Југославије на почетку Хладног рата (1945–1954)
Military-Geographic Position of Yugoslavia at the Beginning of the Cold War (1945–1954)

Author(s): Aleksandar Životić
Subject(s): Historical Geography, Military history, Political history, International relations/trade, Cold-War History, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Yugoslavia; East; West; geography; army; USSR;
Summary/Abstract: The first post-war decade was filled with big foreign policy challenges for the newly established communist rule in Yugoslavia. Firmly siding with the Soviet Union, the subsequent sharp conflict, adherence to the Western world as a kind of way out of difficult situation and the subsequent normalization of relations with the Eastern bloc have caused the Yugoslav military-geographic position at the time. In the years of conflict with the western world Yugoslavia represented the most forward point on the west of the Eastern bloc and as such had a special status. The situation has completely changed during the conflict with the Soviet Union when it became an important bridgehead west to east. By its geographic, political, military and economic potentials Yugoslavia in these moments represented an important international factor, the space through which East and West communicated, as well as the space of potential conflict between them. In a way, its geographical location and military importance determined its role and fate during the Cold War.

  • Page Range: 89-104
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Serbian