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American foreign policy and Yugoslavia, 1939-1941 /
Ivo Tasovac.
edition
1st ed.
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College Station : Texas A&M University, c1999.
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xi, 244 p. ; 25 cm.
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0890968977 (cloth : alk. paper)
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College Station : Texas A&M University, c1999.
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0890968977 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
3494614
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-232) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
The US knew little about Yugoslavia in early 1941, when President Roosevelt sent Colonel William Donovan on an "unofficial" mission to Belgrade and other Balkan capitals to urge resistance to German and Italian expansion. The notion was that a Balkan Front, fought by proxy, might take the heat off Britain and draw the Soviet Union into the conflict. The war was already in its second year and Yugoslavia was caught within increasing pressure from Nazi Germany to join the Tripartite Pact, British and American attempts to win Yugoslavia to their side, and growing internal problems. Tasovac tells an unpleasant little tale of British conniving, American ignorance, American threats of what would happen to Yugoslavia if it joined the Pact, and unfulfilled promises of help if it resisted. He proves that the British and the Americans were very much involved in the Serbian military conspiracy that took power after Yugoslavia signed the Pact, bringing about the collapse and dismemberment of Yugoslavia, Fascist occupation, and civil war. Solidly researched. Appendixes. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. M. Despalatovic; Connecticut College
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In American Foreign Policy and Yugoslavia, 1939-1941, Ivo Tasovac contends that Yugoslavia acted as an unwilling prop for American involvement in World War II. As a result of America's commitment to Britain as an exception to their doctrine of neutrality, and of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt's shared eagerness for conflict and suppression of Germany, the war and ensuing Communist takeover of Eastern Europe were inevitable. With Yugoslavia cast as the endangered barrier between the Germans and the Mediterranean, Churchill was able to establish a unquestionable need for U.S. military action. Britain's leader could seize on the small country as a staging area for activating the Soviets in order to eliminate Italy and weaken Germany in the process. Tasovac contends that pressure from the British government and the American diplomats investigating the situation in fact enforced the Serbian coup d'etat to overthrow Prince Paul of Yugoslavia when he appeared to sympathetic to Germany, even though the Serbians had no intentions of fighting. With all of the ingredients for conflict in place, the ensuing struggle for Yugoslavian freedom was unavoidable. By bringing the war to the Balkans, Churchill and Roosevelt shaped the next half century of international politics and domination. American Foreign Policy towards Yugoslavia documents and analyzes the decisions and policies that made this action so detrimental to Yugoslavia and other Balkan states. Tasovac brings new light to the realities of the engagement in Yugoslavia and the long-standing effects, discarding the appearances of history for the truth.This study is ideal for a broad audience of scholars, including those interested in NATO policies applied to the Balkan states, the relationship between the United States and those states, Franklin D. Roosevelt's influence on the world stage during his presidency and World War II, and the history of Yugoslavia as a whole.
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In American Foreign Policy and Yugoslavia, 1939-1941, Ivo Tasovac contends that Yugoslavia acted as an unwilling prop for American involvement in World War II. As a result of America's commitment to Britain as an exception to their doctrine of neutrality, and of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt's shared eagerness for conflict and suppression of Germany, the war and ensuing Communist takeover of Eastern Europe were inevitable.With Yugoslavia cast as the endangered barrier between the Germans and the Mediterranean, Churchill was able to establish an unquestionable need for U.S. military action. Britain's leader could seize on the small country as a staging area for activating the Soviets in order to eliminate Italy and weaken Germany in the process. Tasovac contends that pressure from the British government and the American diplomats investigating the situation in fact enforced the Serbian coup d'etat to overthrow Prince Paul of Yugoslavia when he appeared sympathetic to Germany, even though the Serbians had no intentions of fighting.With all of the ingredients for conflict in place, the ensuing struggle for Yugoslavian freedom was unavoidable. By bringing the war to the Balkans, Churchill and Roosevelt shaped the next half-century of international politics and domination.American Foreign Policy and Yugoslavia documents and analyzes the decisions and policies that made this action so detrimental to Yugoslavia and other Balkan states. Tasovac brings new light to the realities of the engagement in Yugoslavia and the long-standing effects, discarding the appearances of history for the truth.This study is ideal for a broad audience of scholars, including those interestedin NATO policies applied to the Balkan states, the relationship between the United States and those states, Franklin D. Roosevelt's influence on the world stage during his presidency and World War II, and the history of Yugos
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Statement
Introductionp. 3
The American Perception of Yugoslavia on the Eve of World War II: Origins of an Illusionp. 10
Croato-Serbian Rapprochement in Light of American Diplomacyp. 25
Roosevelt's Peace Offensive and the Future of Yugoslaviap. 40
Lane's Period in the Diplomatic Wildernessp. 51
The Struggle for Yugoslavia's "Neutrality"p. 65
Mutatis Mutandis: Donovan's Balkan Missionp. 79
Yugoslavia between Scylla and Charybdisp. 93
Yugoslavia Chooses the Tripartite Pactp. 108
The American Press and the Coupp. 120
Coup d'Etat: Myth and Realityp. 128
War and the Aftermathp. 141
Conclusionp. 155
Memorandum: The Croatian National Representationp. 165
McDonald/Simovitch Interviewp. 179
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 233
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