By Thomas O’Malley
from: American Thinker
Yugoslavia was held together by the unifying figure of Josip Broz Tito. He was an ethnic Croat, not the largest ethnic group in the country, but he was still respected by the various peoples of Yugoslavia for his role in liberating Yugoslavia from German and Italian occupation. While Yugoslavia was communist, Tito remained independent of Joseph Stalin and led Yugoslavia his own way. Tito was first allied with Stalin but broke with him in 1948. Yugoslavia was an important figure in the non-aligned movement during the Cold War. Tito promoted “Brotherhood and Unity” and suppressed nationalism, sometimes by force.
Tito died in 1980. In the 1980s, the country’s economy declined, and nationalism began to rise. The country broke up in 1991 during the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. The country had been divided into six republics and two autonomous provinces. The republics of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia all seceded…