Against the Grain

Reconsidering Yugoslav Socialism

Socialist Yugoslavia was born out of resistance to fascist occupation during WW2 and ended in dismemberment and civil war.  Today, Yugoslavia’s demise is much better remembered than what came before it.  Yet socialist Yugoslavia forged a different path from that of the Soviet Union, which broke with it, and experimented with a form of workers’ self-management, which was hailed at the time across the international left, from anarchists to progressives.  Radical educator Andrej Grubacic, who grew up in socialist Yugoslavia, reflects on its history, achievements, and contradictions.


Andrej Grubacic, Don’t Mourn, Balkanize!: Essays After Yugoslavia PM Press, 2010

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