Tvrtko Jakovina

Yugoslavia on the International
Scene: The Active Coexistence
of Non-Aligned Yugoslavia






The foreign policy of Tito's Yugoslavia was always unusually dynamic, conspicuous and creative. Even immediately after the Second World War, when diplomats were impregnated with revolutionary charge, while the ideologized interpretation of the world and its future, search for allies among ideologically like-minded people, and the belief in restructuring based on a Marxist vision of the world and relying on the Soviet Union, did not mean that the diplomacy of the new Yugoslavia was not active and dynamic from the very outset. It often remained proactive and dynamic, distinguishing itself from the diplomacies of similar communist countries. The first generation of diplomats, including the first three ministers of foreign affairs – Josip Smodlaka, Ivan Šubašić and Stanoje Simić – included a great number of individuals from civic circles, many of whom enjoyed a great reputation. Until the mid-1950s, the Yugoslavs were primarily oriented towards Europe, while top-level diplomatic contacts and visits were almost entirely confined to the countries with a similar social system. Josip Broz Tito played host to his Polish, Bulgarian, Albanian and other colleagues, but he himself only travelled to East European countries. Europe was the place of contact between the worlds and emerging blocs.
















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With the assistance of the Federal Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the FR of Germany






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