Tito: A Biography

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I.B.Tauris, Nov 30, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 232 pages
Josip Broz Tito was a remarkable figure in the history of Communism, the Second World War, the Balkans and Post-War Eastern Europe. He was the only European besides Lenin to lead a successful Communist revolution and became one of the most renowned Communist leaders of all time. For a certain generation, he was remembered as someone who stood up to both Hitler and Stalin and won. Tito was above all else a communist, and was devoted to the communist cause until the day he died. What made him different to other communist leaders was that his early experience of Soviet Russia had given him knowledge of the Soviet experiment not to be bound by its spell. Throughout his life he sought to distinguish between Leninism and Stalinism, while never abandoning the internationalism that he maintained stood at the heart of the Marxist message. In his new Yugoslavia, he developed a system of socialist self-administration which appeared able to compete with the West and provided his people with the consumer benefits associated with capitalism. However, within a decade of his death, the edifice he had constructed imploded into the most brutal of ethnic conflicts - in essence, Tito was responsible for both the success and the failure of post-war Yugoslavia. In this, the first post-communist biography of Tito, the renowned historian Geoffrey Swain paints a new picture of this famous figure. Swain explores not only Tito's relationship with Stalin, but also his earlier relationship with the Comintern and his long engagement with Khrushchev and the de-Stalinisation process.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Making of a Yugoslav Revolutionary
5
2 Learning to Implement the Peoples Liberation Struggle
33
3 Revolution Through War
57
4 Revising MarxismLeninism
83
5 The Khrushchev Decade
109
6 Reforming Communism
139
7 Actually Existing SelfManagement
165
Conclusion
185
Endnotes
193
Index
209
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