Americanization of Yugoslav Culture in the Sixties
This book is about the Americanization of Yugoslav culture and everyday life during the nineteen-sixties. After falling out with the Eastern bloc, Tito turned to the United States for support and inspiration. In the political sphere the distance between the two countries was carefully maintained, yet in the realms of culture and consumption the Yugoslav regime was definitely much more receptive to the American model. For Titoist Yugoslavia this tactic turned out to be beneficial, stabilising the regime internally and providing an image of openness in foreign policy.
Coca-Cola Socialism addresses the link between cultural diplomacy, culture, consumer society and politics. Its main argument is that both culture and everyday life modelled on the American way were a major source of legitimacy for the Yugoslav Communist Party, and a powerful weapon for both USA and Yugoslavia in the Cold War battle for hearts and minds.
Radina Vučetić explores how the Party used American culture in order to promote its own values and what life in this socialist and capitalist hybrid system looked like for ordinary people who lived in a country with communist ideology in a capitalist wrapping. Her book offers a careful reevaluation of the limits of appropriating the American dream and questions both an uncritical celebration of Yugoslavia's openness and an exaggerated depiction of its authoritarianism.
About the Authors
Radina Vučetić is Associate Professor at the General Modern History Department of History at the University of Belgrade.
John K. Cox is professor at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
"Adriano and Cingolani set themselves an ambitious task: to summarize the entire history of the Ustasha movement in a single work. Their study sheds much-needed light on the Ustasha movement, particularly from the point of observation provided by Italian diplomatic sources. The book is an easy read and could be useful as an introductory text for international students and the general public, while in terms of scholarship it will be attractive to historians in pursuit of additional empirical material on the interaction between the Ustasha movement and Italian Fascism."—Southeastern Europe
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