Josip Broz Tito was the leader of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1943 until his death in 1980. He was the leader of the Third World countries during the era of the Cold War and as such has ensured that Yugoslavia has competitive advantage in terms of economic trade and development. There is a lot of factual data about his leadership and political practices, but I would like to explore and concentrate more on the life of regular people in Yugoslavia during his leadership.
My intension is to compare the standard of living, political and socio-economic circumstances and standards from the time of Tito’s reign with the standards of modern post-Yugoslav nations. I am very interested in learning more about the every-day life of people during Tito’s leadership and how do people remember life from those times. The topic is important to me because there are a lot of social, political and ...view middle of the document...
The main root in destabilizing Yugoslavia was the Serbian desire for consolidation of a state in which one national group would be dominant and all others, including minorities would be vulnerable and projected to it.
In his book “The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return” by Kenan Trebincevic, author writes about nostalgic times of young people who escaped to the United States during the rough times in ex-Yugoslavia. “I was surprised to hear our compatriot Dino Merlin’s bittersweet ballad “Is Sarajevo Where It Once Was” on the sound system, says young Bosnian guy living in New York, sitting in the 4,500-square foot lounge bar that was opened by Bosnian Muslim like he is. “He had the romantic idea that a Balkan-themed dance club could unite all the antagonistic groups from the former Yugoslavia who were once exiled in my Queens neighborhood. “ As he continues to look around, he notices a picture of eleven men from Yugoslavian National Soccer Team and at that moment he realized it was taken in 1990, which was the last time when Bosnians, Croats and Serbs played on the same team together.
While I continued reading and getting more lost into this book, I realized how these young men missed their country and how they actually felt about times that have happened. “As a twenty-nine-year-old single guy in jeans and sneakers who lived a few minutes away, I was comfortable here, delighted by every inch of this Tito-era lounge that glowed with ex-Yugo nostalgia. Not so my brother. ” Like this will make us forget the three hundred thousand dead.” Reading this I came to my own thoughts and realized coming here in the States I formed different kind of view and got a chance to see different perspective of things that are happening back home. Seeing my college friends here in America and how they had a right to express their opinions without having consequences made me think about young generations in the Balkans. They have to protest, riot and make rebellious acts to express themselves and to make their voices being heard, but they are still not taken seriously by any means.