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A fortnightly podcast chronicling the amazing story of the now ex-country of Yugoslavia -its formation, heights, and collapse.

The History of Yugoslavia Alex Cruikshanks

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    • 4.8 • 147 Ratings

A fortnightly podcast chronicling the amazing story of the now ex-country of Yugoslavia -its formation, heights, and collapse.

    Episode 49.5 - An Interview with Stevan Bozanich

    Episode 49.5 - An Interview with Stevan Bozanich

    In today's episode, I chat with Chetniks expert Stevan Bozanich about the history of the famous/infamous Serb nationalist paramilitary movement.
    Stevan's Twitter and Academia profiles

    Stevan's chapter in "Balkan Legacies"
    Episode 50 will be the AMA episode – please send me your questions!
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    • 2 hr 7 min
    Episode 49 - Coup and War

    Episode 49 - Coup and War

    Between 1939 and 1941, Yugoslavia tried to stay out of the war engulfing Europe. They failed.

    Episode 50 will be the AMA episode - please send me your questions!
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    • 38 min
    Episode 48 - Sporazum

    Episode 48 - Sporazum

    In 1939, the long-desired solution to the Croatian Question finally seemed to be at hand. Just hope there aren't any World Wars coming which might wreck it.


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    • 40 min
    Episode 47 - War on the Horizon Again

    Episode 47 - War on the Horizon Again

    In October 1934, Prince Paul took over the Kingdom of Yugoslavia at its lowest point, meaning the only way was up. Right?
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    • 40 min
    Episode 46 - Assassination Round 3: Regicide

    Episode 46 - Assassination Round 3: Regicide

    In October 1934, King Alexander decided to make a state visit to France, Yugoslavia's closest ally. He would not come back alive.


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    • 30 min
    Episode 45 - The Dictatorship Struggles On

    Episode 45 - The Dictatorship Struggles On

    In late 1931, King Alexander decided to relax his dictatorial rule a little.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

Happy Japanese Learner ,

Great Outline of Under-Discussed History!

As a Croatian-American, I’ve always wanted to learn more about my culture, but the sources available in English are limited, especially if you want to go before the 1990s. And as important as the 90s are, my family left during the WWI era, so my own ties with the region predate the conflicts of my childhood.

I really like seeing how the Balkans functioned under the various empires and great powers, and how the various nationalist movements began. I appreciate how Alex gets into the history, rather than going “the Romans conquered the region which formed the provinces of Illyria and Dacia... then some Slavs moved in... one, two, skip a few, 1914!” which is how trying to learn about Yugoslav history often goes, at least outside academia.

Very fun, engaging, podcast to stand as a counter to “they just have been fighting for thousands of years” ahistorical takes.

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Good podcast

Good podcast

PrivatePigg ,

Amazing!

I’ve been listening to history podcasts for years, and I read a lot of history, as well. This podcast is excellently done, both as podcasts are concerned, and also in the way it tells a historical narrative. 6 stars.

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