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This biography offers a straightforward, balanced approach to the man who reigned over Yugoslavia for 35 years. Pavlowitch strips away the myths about Tito and his life and places him within a broad historical perspective as a key 20th-century European leader. He begins with the economic, social and national factors that helped to create Josip Broz Tito, then considers his ...more
Paperback, 119 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Hurst & Co.
(first published October 1st 1992)
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Along with Milovan Djilas' Tito: The Story from Inside, Pavlowitch's slender biography is the best and most accessible treatment of Tito and his political legacy. Tito was something between Pavlowitch's "leader rather than a rebel" and Zarko Puhovski's "Wonderful Wizard of Oz." As for Tito's political legacy, Pavlowitch concludes that he was a Western-subsidized muddler who focused his prodigious political instincts on maintaining his personal power within a one-party confederation and satisfyin ...more
Exceptionally objective. Pavlowitch keeps it short and concise which is important because Pavlowitch's point is that Tito's legacy was largely misunderstood and unnecessarily mystified. It's actually a lot simpler than many believe it to have been, yet still a fascinating political case study.