Visitors to Yugoslavia in the 1970s and 1980s often had the country’s complexity explained to them as follows: Yugoslavia was one country with two alphabets (latin and cyrillic), three religions (Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Islam), four languages (Slovene, Macedonian, Croat, Serb), five nations (Serb, Croat, Slovene, Macedonian, Montenegrin), and six republics (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia). While contrived, this description formed an integral part of every Yugoslav’s education as, for over 40 years from the end of the Second World War, Yugoslavs of all nationalities were taught, by their schooling and media, to love one another and to celebrate the diversity which made their country unique.
KeywordsNational Minority Communist State Autonomous Province Federal Centre German Minority
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