Saveznici I Jugoslovenska Ratna Drama: A Historical Study of Yugoslavia's Diplomatic Relations During World War II
Saveznici I Jugoslovenska Ratna Drama (Allies and Yugoslav War Drama) is a two-volume book by Veselin ÄuretiÄ, a Serbian historian and former professor at the University of Belgrade. The book was first published in 1985 by Narodna knjiga and the Balkan Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. It was later revised and expanded in 1992 by Politika.
The book explores the diplomatic history of Yugoslavia during World War II, focusing on the relations between the Yugoslav government-in-exile, led by King Peter II, and the Allied powers, especially Britain and the United States. The book also examines the role of the Communist-led Partisans, who fought against the Axis occupation and established a rival government in liberated territories. The book argues that the Allies betrayed Yugoslavia's interests and sovereignty by supporting the Partisans and recognizing them as the sole legitimate representative of Yugoslavia in 1944, without consulting the royal government or holding free elections. The book also claims that the Partisans committed atrocities against Serbs and other non-Communist groups, and that they were manipulated by Stalin and his agents.
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The book is based on extensive archival research and personal interviews with some of the key actors involved in Yugoslav diplomacy during World War II. The book also includes summaries in English and Russian, as well as bibliographical references and indexes. The book is considered one of the most comprehensive and authoritative works on Yugoslav diplomatic history during World War II, but it has also been criticized for its nationalist and anti-Communist bias, as well as for its selective use of sources and evidence.
The book covers the period from the invasion of Yugoslavia by the Axis powers in April 1941, which resulted in the dismemberment of the country and the establishment of various puppet regimes, to the liberation of Yugoslavia by the Partisans and the Soviet Red Army in May 1945, which marked the end of World War II in Europe. The book analyzes the political, military, economic and social aspects of Yugoslavia's war drama, as well as its regional and international implications.
The book also challenges some of the dominant narratives and interpretations of Yugoslavia's role and fate in World War II, such as the myth of Yugoslav unity and resistance, the legitimacy and popularity of the Partisan movement, the collaboration and betrayal of the Chetniks, the responsibility and guilt of the royal government-in-exile, and the influence and interference of the Allied powers. The book offers a revisionist and critical perspective on Yugoslavia's war drama, based on a nationalist and anti-Communist worldview.
The book has been praised by some scholars and reviewers for its extensive research, rich documentation, detailed analysis and original contribution to Yugoslav historiography. The book has also been criticized by others for its biased, selective, polemical and controversial approach, as well as for its factual errors, omissions and distortions. The book has provoked heated debates and controversies among historians, politicians and the public in Yugoslavia and abroad. 0efd9a6b88