Yugoslavia’s history spans a distinct historical epoch in European history bounded by the beginning and end of the experiment with communism. It was created a little over a year after the October Revolution of 1917, and dissolved some eight months before the Soviet Union’s demise in December 1991. This was an age of ideology, of the pursuit of radical new ideals, a reaction to the certainties of political stability and economic growth that characterised Europe in the nineteenth century. Yugoslavia was in 1918 a product of its times. It was an idea, developed by intellectuals and the seekers of political power, which was translated into reality because events, somewhat unexpectedly, created the opportunity for its attainment, and because no one could suggest an alternative.
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