Kosta Nikolić

Institute for Contemporary History


Ivana Dobrivojević

Institute for Contemporary History


Creating a Communist Yugoslavia in the Second World War

Abstract: The Second World War involved the conflict of three different ideologies – democracy, fascism and communism – an aspect in which it was different from the Great War. This ideological triangle led to various shifts in the positions, views, and alliances of each of the warring parties. Yugoslavia with its historical legacy could not avoid being torn by similar ideological conflicts. During the Second World War a brutal and exceptionally complex war was fought on its soil. The most important question studied in this paper concerns the foremost objective of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ) – to carry out a violent change of the legal order and form of government of the pre-war Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

Keywords: Yugoslavia, Second World War, Communist Party, Josip Broz Tito, national ideology


UDC 329.15(497.1)"1941/1945"



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