Keeping Tito Afloat: The United States, Yugoslavia, and the Cold War, 1945-1960

Title

Keeping Tito Afloat: The United States, Yugoslavia, and the Cold War, 1945-1960

Files

Description

Keeping Tito Afloat draws upon newly declassified documents to show the critical role that Yugoslavia played in U.S. foreign policy with the communist world in the early years of the Cold War. After World War II, the United States considered Yugoslavia to be a loyal Soviet satellite, but Tito surprised the West in 1948 by breaking with Stalin. Seizing this opportunity, the Truman administration sought to "keep Tito afloat" by giving him military and economic aid. President Truman hoped that American involvement would encourage other satellites to follow Tito's example and further damage Soviet power. However, Lees demonstrates that it was President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles who most actively tried to use Tito as a "wedge" to liberate the Eastern Europeans… [From Amazon.com]

ISBN

9780271026503

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Pennsylvania State University Press

City

University Park, Pennsylvania

Keywords

Cold War, Foreign relations, United States, Yugoslavia

Disciplines

Diplomatic History | Eastern European Studies | European History | International Relations | United States History