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    War veterans, minorities and crisis points in Yugoslav welfare

    Newman, John Paul and Lendák-Kabók, Karolina (2024) War veterans, minorities and crisis points in Yugoslav welfare. European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire. pp. 1-20. ISSN 1350-7486

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    This article provides an analytical overview of welfare policymaking and provision in the twentieth century in Yugoslavia at three deci-sive historical junctures. Those are: the Kingdom of Yugoslavia after the First World War; the socialist state after 1945; and the rump ‘Yugoslavia’ after the break-up of the state in 1991. In each of these periods welfare policies were crisis-driven, a response to massive social and economic upheaval caused by war, but they were also a reflection, of course, of the political ideals and the values of the state in which they were formed. The authors argue that the Yugoslav welfare state in its various incarnations was in part a response to socio-economic crisis caused by war, in part a mediation and an adaptation of the welfare regime it replaced (rather than a complete tabula rasa), and in part an articulation of the aspirations for national politics and citizenship held by the incoming leadership of the state. This comparative study of three important moments in Yugoslavia’s welfare history, then, offers an opportunity to look anew at the social history of the state itself. Study of the Yugoslav welfare model, or rather models, helps us understand the larger political transformations that were bound up in the lifespan of the South Slav state, how the state thought about and created minorities through welfare regimes, and how welfare policies withstood (or not) socio-economic crisis.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Yugoslavia; welfare; Serbia; minorities; veterans;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History
    Item ID: 18389
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    Depositing User: John Paul Newman
    Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2024 10:49
    Journal or Publication Title: European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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