World War II and the national question: the origins of the autonomous status of Vojvodina in Yugoslavia

Unkovski-Korica, V. (2016) World War II and the national question: the origins of the autonomous status of Vojvodina in Yugoslavia. Europe-Asia Studies, 68(10), pp. 1712-1735. (doi:10.1080/09668136.2016.1257700)

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Abstract

This essay investigates the origins of the autonomous status of Vojvodina in post-war Serbia and Yugoslavia. It charts the formation of national and regional consciousness among Vojvodina’s Serbs, Germans and Hungarians, from Habsburg times to World War II. It then argues that Nazi Germany’s racial war radicalised national tensions in Vojvodina. Nazi defeat resulted in the brutal expulsion of Vojvodina’s Germans, making Serbs for the first time a majority. Consequently, the region’s claim to autonomous status after the war clashed with the national-territorial principle applied to federalism by the victorious Communist Party of Yugoslavia, causing frequent friction and instability.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Unkovski-Korica, Dr Vladimir
Authors: Unkovski-Korica, V.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Europe-Asia Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0966-8136
ISSN (Online):1465-3427
Published Online:21 December 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Europe-Asia Studies 68(10):1712-1735
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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