Hitler's New Disorder: The Second World War in Yugoslavia

Hitler's New Disorder: The Second World War in Yugoslavia

by Steven Pavlowitch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231700504

ISBN-13: 9780231700504

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In 1941, a few months before Hitler's invasion of the USSR, the Axis powers conquered the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Until the end of World War II, a series of interrelated struggles took place over this territory, an ideological and ethnic war waged by rival powers and armies and fought between insurgents, armed bands, and militias. These groups were influenced by

Overview

In 1941, a few months before Hitler's invasion of the USSR, the Axis powers conquered the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Until the end of World War II, a series of interrelated struggles took place over this territory, an ideological and ethnic war waged by rival powers and armies and fought between insurgents, armed bands, and militias. These groups were influenced by many ideologies and sought either to return to an imagined past within the Nazi New Order or to form a new Yugoslavia sympathetic to the Allied cause. The victors were communists, led by Marshal Tito, and, until now, the history of this short but tragic period has been mainly told from their perspective.

Drawing on oral histories and archival sources only recently made available, Stevan K. Pavlowitch, a world-renowned historian of the Balkans, reconstructs a complete portrait of this complicated history. Many wars were fought alongside, as well as under the cover of, the Allies' war against Hitler's New Order, and in Yugoslavia, these battles created a "new disorder" that historians are only now beginning to understand. Turning to the work of scholars in several languages, Pavlowitch illuminates what actually happened on the ground, providing a definitive history of what Yugoslavs endured on both the Axis and the Allied sides.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231700504
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Columbia/Hurst Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Abbreviations     xii
List of Illustrations     xiii
Maps     xv
The End of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia-August 1939-April 1941     1
Yugoslavia Broken Up: Hitler's 'New Disorder'-1941     21
The Independent State of Croatia and Italy's three zones     22
The German-controlled 'Serbian residual state'     49
Italian-held Montenegro; Albania's, Bulgaria's and Hungary's annexations; Slovenia     72
Insurgents Left to Their Own Devices-1942     91
Mihailovic's sabotage action in Serbia; the 'Ravna Gora Movement'     91
The 'Italian-Chetnik Condominium' of Montenegro     104
Tito's 'March' across Bosnia; battle without mercy     114
The failure of the policy of forced conversions in the NDH     132
Slovenia divided between God, Satan and an uncommitted centre     139
The Allies Do Not Come; the Italians Withdraw-1943     151
In expectation of an allied landing     151
In expectation of Italy's withdrawal     168
After the withdrawal of Italy     187
The KPJ Liberates, Conquers and Restores Yugoslavia-January 1944-May 1945     215
Tito's moves, from Jajce to Belgrade, via Bari, Vis and Moscow     215
The long German withdrawal from Macedonia to Slovenia     238
The end: the final withdrawal of the Germans and the communist takeover     252
Conclusion: The Death and Rebirth of Yugoslavia     271
Dramatis Personae     283
Chronology     291
Bibliography     299
Index     317

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