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28.04.2020 13:00 - 14:00

TODO

Zentrum für Südosteuropastudien & SOEGA

TODO

Location: Resowi, SR 15.33

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Brown Bag: In Pursuit of Stability. Tito's Yugoslavia and the European Community, 1948-1980

BB: Ivan Obadić - In Pursuit of Stability. Tito's Yugoslavia and the European Community, 1948-1980

My research examines the origins and evolution of Yugoslav policy towards Western European integration from the early 1950s until the signing of the Yugoslav–EEC Cooperation Agreement in 1970. It examines the emerging role of Western Europe in the Yugoslav foreign and internal politics within the larger context of the Cold War and development of European integration. Besides the basic foreign (trade) policy concepts towards the EEC, this study focuses on the perceptions of the Western European integration process among the political elite by addressing the following research questions: How did Yugoslav policymakers react to the Western European integration process? What impact did the success of the EEC have on Yugoslav foreign policy and internal differences among the political elite? In what way did the League of Communists of Yugoslavia rationalize their cooperation with the EEC? What did it mean for the internal coherence of the LCY and for Yugoslavia’s pronounced cooperation with the developing countries? The overarching question is how and why the EEC became such an important external factor, crucial for the economic development and stability of Yugoslavia. By analysing the complex interaction between the external factors and internal dynamics of Yugoslavia and their impact on Belgrade´s policy towards the EEC, this study provides an explanation of the underlying long-term structural problems of the economy that determined the Yugoslav diplomatic and economic responses to the creation and evolution of the EEC until the breakup of the country.

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