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How did 300,000 people survive the 3 1/2 year siege of Sarajevo?

A combination of the UN, NATO, the Red Cross, Sarajevo International Airport, the Sarajevo Tunnel, smugglers, and the Bosnian Army saved Sarajevo. While the siege officially ended in Feb 1996, it was ...
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Why did the rest of the Eastern Bloc not invade Yugoslavia?

The main Wikipedia article on the Tito–Stalin split is not quite as definitive about the alleged invasion plans, saying simply that: Between 1948 and 1952, the Soviet Union encouraged its allies to ...
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How did 300,000 people survive the 3 1/2 year siege of Sarajevo?

Because it was not a complete siege thanks to the Sarajevo Tunnel and Operation Irma. The first one was a tunnel that passed below the siege, and the second one was a security zone protected by the ...
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Did Serb nationalism play an outsized role in the breakup of Yugoslavia?

This depends on how you define "responsible" The immediate reason was that the Croats and Slovenes (and later all the other non-Serbian nationals) overwhelmingly wanted independence. Under those ...
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Was Operation Kugelblitz really a success for the partisans?

Short answer Operation Kugelblitz (2nd to 18th December, 1943 - the Wikipedia end date Jan 1944 is wrong) was, at best, a short-term success for the Germans and thus no more than a temporary set back ...
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What was Yugoslavia doing in the Angolan Civil War?

I'm not sure the Yugoslavian military were ever actually "combatants" in the Angolan Civil War in the strict sense of the term. I was living in Southern Africa when the war broke out and so I've read ...
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Why did the Nazis collaborate with the Ustaše?

Political pragmatism and some "creative history" Germans were not strongly interested in Balkans. Main German concern was to end Greco-Italian War and kick the British out of Southeastern Europe ...
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Was there a Roman city in the Plain of Sarajevo?

Probably not, or to be more precise, let's just say that the evidence doesn't support the idea at present. Firstly, if there were a large city in the area I would expect to see references to it in ...
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Why did the Nazis collaborate with the Ustaše?

The Nazis collaborated with the Soviets when it suited them to do it. So this isn't particularly surprising. Faced a serious menace in Tito's partisans, they needed to keep their subjects divided. ...
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Did Joseph Stalin ever attempt to assassinate or launch a coup against Josip Broz Tito?

There is no direct evidence that any Stalin-backed plot to kill Tito was ever really put into action. Tito claimed that several attempts were made to kill him and that Stalin was behind them, and ...
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What was Yugoslavia doing in the Angolan Civil War?

There three major factions in Angola, the (marxist) MPLA, the FNLA, and the UNITA. Of the the three, the MPLA won. in large part because "they had the least tribalist approach." That is, they ...
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Did Serb nationalism play an outsized role in the breakup of Yugoslavia?

TLDR: Prior to economic troubles provided by economic mismanagement courtesy of the IMF, most Yugoslavians were not nationalistic separatists; they wanted a unified Yugoslavia. After economic troubles,...
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Is there any truth to this anecdote about Yugoslavian leader Tito?

Most likely not true. The Smederevo steel plant — assuming this is the one you mean — was founded in 1913 so Tito at most could only have decided on its later expansion and rebuild. Difficult to ...
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What paramilitary group was Nikola Jorgić in?

It was simply called "Jorgina grupa" or Jorga's group in English. You can find it here, here and here
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Who exactly were the Slovene White Guard?

Welcome to the Histor.SE There is an element to be taken into account when one interests in the resistance in Yugoslavia: The interaction of three forces. Despite -or because- of the putsch against ...
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What was Yugoslavia doing in the Angolan Civil War?

As an article by Milorad Lazić shows: Beginning with Algeria in the 1950s until its demise in the 1990s, Yugoslavia was an ardent supporter of liberation movements and revolutionary governments in ...
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Did Serb nationalism play an outsized role in the breakup of Yugoslavia?

Restricting this answer to the objective, "What reforms the Milosevic introduce?" From the Britanica article: As Serbia’s party leader, Milošević demanded that the federal government ...
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After the split with Stalin, what was Yugoslavia's official attitude towards Soviet history before Stalin's takeover?

Tito was actually more to the right on Trotsky than Stalin, and somewhat alligned with Bukharin's position Trotsky and Trotskyism were part of so called Left Opposition to Stalin. Although deemed as "...
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Why don't/can't the different ethnolinguistic groups of people in erstwhile Yugoslavia get along with each other?

It is a complex issue, for which there is no simple answer. Yugoslavia was once described as country with two alphabets (Latin and Cyrillic), three religions (Catholic Christianity, Orthodox ...
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Were some Yugoslav "nationalities" more pro-Axis/Allied than others during World War II

As others present, there three main movements of partisans during W2 in Yougslavia. While the Oustachis were not that much developed in numbers, the Tchetniks of Mihailovitch and the "partisans" (they ...
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What was Yugoslavia doing in the Angolan Civil War?

I made an account just to answer and I hope to provide some new information to the other 2 answers in this thread! My information comes from my grandfather who fought for the Cubans. Yugoslavia’s ...
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