Oblique Insights and Observations

A fitting nomument to the scholarship of someone with unrivaled long-term knowledge of Yugoslavia who had the analytical insights and journalistic gifts to bring the country alive for many of those fascinated by the Yugoslav experiment.
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Defying Stalin and his brand of communism, Tito’s Yugoslavia developed a unique kind of socialism that combined one-party rule with an economic system of workers’ self-management that aroused intense interest throughout the cold war. As a member of the American Universities Field Staff, Dennison Rusinow became a long-time resident and frequent visitor to Yugoslavia during these transformative times. This volume presents the most significant of his refreshingly immediate and well-informed reports on life in Yugoslavia and the country’s major political developments. Rusinow’s essays explore such diverse topics as the first American-style supermarket and its challenge to traditional outdoor markets; the lessons of a Serbian holiday feast (Slava); the resignation of Vice President Aleksandar Rankovic; the Croatian political purge of 1971; ethnic divides and the rise of nationalism throughout the country; the tension between conservative and liberal forces in Yugoslav politics; and the student revolt at Belgrade University in 1968. Rusinow’s final report from 1991 examines the serious challenges to the nation’s future even as it collapsed.

400 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

December, 2008

isbn : 9780822943617

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Dennison Rusinow

Dennison Rusinow was a research professor at the University Center for International Studies and emeritus professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. He was the author of five books, including The Yugoslav Experiment, 1948-1974. He died in 2004, after he was struck by a vehicle while walking near his home in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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