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Comrade Tito, it’s all your fault! Yugoslav Citizens’ Letters to Josip Broz Tito

Dejan Jović   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0002-1383-0789 ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb

Puni tekst: engleski, pdf (329 KB) str. 7-32 preuzimanja: 349* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Jović, D. (2020). Comrade Tito, it’s all your fault! Yugoslav Citizens’ Letters to Josip Broz Tito. Politička misao, 57 (4), 7-32. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.57.4.01
MLA 8th Edition
Jović, Dejan. "Comrade Tito, it’s all your fault! Yugoslav Citizens’ Letters to Josip Broz Tito." Politička misao, vol. 57, br. 4, 2020, str. 7-32. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.57.4.01. Citirano 21.10.2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Jović, Dejan. "Comrade Tito, it’s all your fault! Yugoslav Citizens’ Letters to Josip Broz Tito." Politička misao 57, br. 4 (2020): 7-32. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.57.4.01
Harvard
Jović, D. (2020). 'Comrade Tito, it’s all your fault! Yugoslav Citizens’ Letters to Josip Broz Tito', Politička misao, 57(4), str. 7-32. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.57.4.01
Vancouver
Jović D. Comrade Tito, it’s all your fault! Yugoslav Citizens’ Letters to Josip Broz Tito. Politička misao [Internet]. 2020 [pristupljeno 21.10.2021.];57(4):7-32. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.57.4.01
IEEE
D. Jović, "Comrade Tito, it’s all your fault! Yugoslav Citizens’ Letters to Josip Broz Tito", Politička misao, vol.57, br. 4, str. 7-32, 2020. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.57.4.01

Sažetak
Between 1945 and 1967, Josip Broz Tito, the Marshal and President of Yugoslavia, ‎received 411,769 letters written by citizens of his country. Until 1964 ‎he personally read most of the letters addressed to him and made decisions‎ on requests and comments expressed in them. In this article we argue that ‎Tito used the letters received to establish a direct link between himself and ‎citizens. This was one of the key instruments of his power, as he used letters ‎to conduct a permanent ‘anti-bureauratic revolution’ which would squeeze ‎lower-level officials into a sandwich between him and ‘the people’. We focus ‎on one particular letter, written by Dragomir Katić, a 27-year old unemployed ‎person from Kraljevo, Serbia. The letter arrived in February 1967, and Tito ‎used this occasion to personally meet Katić. Despite Tito’s promise, however, ‎Katić’s problem could not be solved for more than two years, due to a power‎ struggle between Tito and local officials in Serbia. This case sheds new light ‎on the nature of Tito’s alleged absolute power in Yugoslavia. It tells us much‎ about the attitude of dissatisfied individuals in Communist Yugoslavia, who ‎cared much more about solving their personal problems than about changing‎ the system, at least for as long as Tito was alive.‎

Ključne riječi
Josip Broz Tito; Yugoslavia; Communism; Anti-bureaucratic Revolution; Dragomir Katić

Hrčak ID: 252680

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/252680

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