No. XXVII (1996)

Soviet and British Neglect of the Serbian Situation

Veselin Đuretić
Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Published 01.12.1996


  • USSR,
  • United Kingdom,
  • Serbia,
  • World War II,
  • Yugoslavia

How to Cite

Đuretić, V. (1996). Soviet and British Neglect of the Serbian Situation. Balcanica - Annual of the Institute for Balkan Studies, (XXVII), 201–215. Retrieved from


The causes for the contradicting Soviet and British views on the Serbian existential situation from 1941-1945 stem from Austria-Hungary's policy and the ideological heritage of the Comintern and Stalinism. Though the war in Yugoslavia displayed anti-Serbianism from the occupier and Quislings alike the allies saw the cause for anti-Serbianism in the old 'hegemony' or old unsymmetric Serbo-Croat positions, blind to the fact that the occupational reign of terror had been imposed only upon the Serbs. This resulted in the discreditation of the national dimension of Serbian resistance under Gen. Mihailovic and the rise to power of Tito's anti-Serbian and anti-Yugoslav regime.


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