Jelena Rafailović

Institute for Recent History of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia

Yugoslav-Italian Foreign Trade Relations 1919–1939 and the

Yugoslav Industry: the Import of Textile Products from Italy

Abstract: Yugoslav-Italian relations between two world wars, besides the diplomatic-po- litical, also had a very significant economic aspect. Italy was one of the most important foreign trade partners of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and this paper will explore the trade exchange between the two countries, especially the import of materials necessary for the textile industry, which substantially contributed to the positive balance of trade. Beside a quantitative analysis of statistical data regarding foreign trade, the paper also looks at the impact of political and economic events on the trade relations between the two countries, as well as the relation between the industrialization of Yugoslavia and changes in foreign trade.

Keywords: Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Italy, foreign trade, industry