Martin Maria Reinkowski

100 Years of Yugoslavia

History and Legend​

Unsurprisingly it’s the rich regions, which feel drawn towards independence. What the Spanish region Catalonia is trying today, is what Slovenia and Croatia realized in 1991 with no consideration of the consequences. While nowadays the government in Madrid encounters understanding, back then no one in Europe cared about the Yugoslavian constitution which these two part-republics simply disregarded. The Berlin Wall had fallen, and therefore one could have expected the Europeans to support these neighbours in the Eastern bloc – what a huge misunderstanding! Yugoslavia wasn’t behind the Iron Curtain, but non-aligned, and one of the founding countries of the non-aligned movement in the UN. Its citizens enjoyed almost all liberties. However, the legend of the brutal regime in Belgrade branded everyone as a Communist who fought for the preservation of that country. The Serbian war crimes later on seemingly confirmed who had been the aggressor in the civil war. Today, a hundred years after the foundation of Yugoslavia, some post-Yugoslavians pretend that Yugoslavia never existed. But it is astonishingly alive in some respects.​

Martin Maria Reinkowski

 

Publicist and historian, born and raised in Burghausen/Upper Bavaria. Studied history and Spanish. Reporter and editor in newspapers in Southern Germany. Since 2013 travelling and experiencing former Yugoslavia.

 

Martin Maria Reinkowski is a member of the German-Serbian Historical Association in Belgrade.

 

An interview with Dr. Marie-Janine Calic, Professor for East and Southeast European history at the University of Munich, was conducted by Martin Maria Reinkowski for the Belgrade magazine "Vreme": Partizanski duh Titove Jugoslavije

Would you have known? Already a hundred years ago, at the end of the First World War, Yugoslavia was founded, namely as a kingdom. In 1945 the socialist Yugoslavia of Tito came into being – who was, by the way, Croatian. But that country wasn’t at all part of the Eastern bloc. The dreadful end of Yugoslavia in the civil war of the nineties is what we read and saw a lot about. Now it’s time to question our picture which we formed at that time.​

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Introduction

Legends about Yugoslavia: Eastern bloc? Dark Belgrade?

 

Ljubljana

The Alleged Raid. Beginning of the End of Yugoslavia

 

Lovćen

On the Olymp of Yugoslavia. The New State on the Balkans

 

Počitelj

Ottoman Outpost. The Heritage of a Grand Empire

 

Mostar

Connection Cut. The Old Bridge as an Invisible Border

 

Jablanica

The Battle of Neretva. About the Partizans’ Myth

 

Jajce

War Parliament at the Waterfall. The Founding of Tito’s Yugoslavia

From Bihać nach Plitvice

Underground Airport, Ghost Village and Civil War

 

Zagreb

At the Meštrović Pavillion: Authoritarianism, Civil Society and Pop Culture

 

Sarajevo

The Open Town and its Besiegers. An Approach

 

Višegrad

Bridge between the Worlds. Ivo Andrić and the Nations of Bosnia

 

Kosovo Polje

The Blackbird Field. A Disastrous Myth

 

Prizren

The League on the Bistrica. Albanian Nationalism and the Germans

 

Skopje

Kitsch and Klitterung. A Country Invents Itself

Belgrad

In the Underground. Furtive and Frightening Things from the Basements of Power

 

Conclusion

Yugoslavia is still Astonishing Alive – not only at Tito’s Grave

  

Notes

 

 

 

References and bibliography

 

 

Index

 

 

Chronicles

 

 

Historical maps

Introduction

Legends about Yugoslavia: Eastern bloc? Dark Belgrade?

 

Ljubljana

The Alleged Raid. Beginning of the End of Yugoslavia

 

Lovćen

On the Olympus of Yugoslavia. The New State on the Balkans

 

Počitelj

Ottoman Outpost. The Heritage of a Grand Empire

 

Mostar

Connection Cut. The Old Bridge as an Invisible Border

 

Jablanica

The Battle of Neretva. About the Partizans’ Myth

 

Jajce

War Parliament at the Waterfall. The Founding of Tito’s Yugoslavia

From Bihać to Plitvice

Underground Airport, Ghost Village and Civil War

 

Zagreb

At the Meštrović Pavillion: Authoritarianism, Civil Society and Pop Culture

 

Sarajevo

The Open Town and its Besiegers. An Approach

 

Višegrad

Bridge between the Worlds. Ivo Andrić and the Nations of Bosnia

 

Kosovo Polje

The Blackbird Field. A Disastrous Myth

 

Prizren

The League on the Bistrica. Albanian Nationalism and the Germans

 

Skopje

Kitsch and Klitterung. A Country Invents Itself

Belgrade

In the Underground. Furtive and Frightening Things from the Basements of Power

 

Conclusion

Yugoslavia is still Astonishing Alive – not only at Tito’s Grave

  

Notes

 

References and bibliography

 

Index

 

Chronicles 

 

Historical maps

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