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U potrazi za saveznicima: jugoslavenska vanjska politika od 1929. do 1941. godine


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Bertol, Ivana. (2018). U potrazi za saveznicima: jugoslavenska vanjska politika od 1929. do 1941. godine. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of History. [mentor Šute, Ivica].

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The Interwar period, without a doubt, symbolized one of the most turbulent periods of World History. The aftermath of the devastating First World War, the October Revolution, the Great Depression and the emergence of radical totalitarian systems are just one of many references to that dynamic period. The Interwar period brought many challenges to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes that is, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, both to its domestic and foreign policy. From its creation, the Kingdom of SHS was surrounded by various foreign policy enemies, unsatisfied with the outcome of World War I, waiting for the chance to take a part of that young country’s territory. The country not only had to obtain diplomatic recognition from the rest of the world but also find strong allies. In the 1920s, Western countries, primarily France and the Little Entente seemed like strong allies of the Yugoslav state, but the Great Depression changed everything. France suddenly started to lose its political and economic power, the Little Entente stopped being a relevant factor with the end of the Habsburg danger, and the Nazis brought Germany its economic revival. Just as the balance of power in Europe was changing, so did the Yugoslav political orientation. With a strong support of the leading politicians in the country, their biggest enemies like Bulgaria, Italy and Hungary started to become important allies, and irrelevant Germany was becoming the most important Yugoslav economic ally. The new diplomatic policy meant new allies in the Second World War which led to Yugoslavia having to join the Tripartite Pact. That implied a complete turn in the Yugoslav foreign policy compared to the 1920s since this time, both Great Britain and France were on the other side too.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Subjects: History
Departments: Department of History
Supervisor: Šute, Ivica
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 12:22
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 12:22

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