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Tito of Yugoslavia, with help from the Russians, expelled Wehrmacht troops from Belgrade in 1944, establishing himself as sole dictator with virtually no political opposition that wasn't in prison or a concentration camp. Was that situation still seen as a liberation from the viewpoint of the citizens of Yugoslavia at the time?

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    I don't understand what "Liberation in historical sense" means. Do you perhaps mean to ask whether contemporary commentators refer to it as a liberation? – Semaphore Mar 9 '16 at 11:59
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    History is defined by the victors and liberation by the liberators. I'm not aware of a definition for "liberation", so whoever is doing the liberation gets to pick the definition. – Mark C. Wallace Mar 9 '16 at 13:48
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    This question is more a philosophical question than a history question because it all comes down to what is the meaning of liberation. Different people and different groups can and have applied different meanings to the term for their own purposes. From one perspective, yes, Tito did liberate Yugoslavia from the clutches of the Wehrmacht but Yugoslavia was not a truly liberated country when the communist government took control. A similar question could be asked about the German Democratic Republic (former East Germany). Was it really a democracy? – Fred Mar 9 '16 at 14:13
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    @Fred introduces an important new concept - "liberated" as related to "liberal". Without getting en-mired in modern language "liberal state" means a state with a legal/constitutional respect for the individual. – Mark C. Wallace Mar 9 '16 at 19:27
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    @Mustang What about Cazin rebellion? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cazin_rebellion ? I do not say that whole reign of Tito was 100 % negative, let that be clear, but still he was ruthless dictator in start of his reign. Somebody could argue that Hitler had something positive in his historical figure, because after he started his reign Germany rebuild her economy, first highways were made under his rule, but we all know his place in history. – user45467 Mar 10 '16 at 17:50

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