Yugoslavia in its post-war incarnation was an expression of two ideals, those of communism and ‘Yugoslavism’. The vesting of political power in a single party which maintained an omnipresent control over all aspects of the society’s development was key to its ability to define and shape the historical reference points on which the state was founded and which were intended to supersede secular nationalisms with one collective nationalism common to all. But just as communism succeeded only in generating new forms of age-old miseries, so Yugoslavism proved as illusive to the communists as it had to the parliamentarians and monarchists.
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