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Yugoslavia: Political Evolution After 1945
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Federal Assembly (Skupstina) building, Belgrade - Courtesy Charles Sudetic

From 1945 to 1980, Josip Broz Tito was the only leader of the Republic of Yugoslavia. His influence on Yugoslav politics began several years before the war and remained formidable a decade after his death. Tito presided over a series of political experiments that separated Yugoslavia from the Stalinist model of centralized decision making. Tito's political culture replaced that model with autonomous grass-roots political institutions; nonetheless, it retained the external trappings and ideology of a monolithic Marxist state. Before the end of Tito's regime, however, the inherent contradiction of that combination began to erode national institutions, including the LCY.

Data as of December 1990

Last Updated: December 1990

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