Yugoslavia: A War of Words

Fluttering banners proclaimed: "Tito belongs to us. We belong to Tito." More than 100,000 throats cheered his appearance in Pristina's "Brotherhood and Unity Square" in southern Yugoslavia. But Tito was in anything but a brotherly mood. The country's unity, he warned, was threatened by "a knife in the back." "The whole of Yugoslavia is full of bitterness," he added. "They are striking behind our back unexpectedly."

Latin v. Cyrillic. The target of Tito's wrath was not foreign or domestic enemies but a war of words between Serbs and Croats, who make up the two largest of Yugoslavia's six republics. Their...

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