The Third Side of the Cold War
Treća strana Hladnog rata
The Third Side of the Cold War, written by the eminent historian Tvrtko Jakovina, is a thorough inside view into the Non-Aligned Movement and the functioning of the hundred-odd countries organization. Yugoslavia and its diplomacy were central to the Movement from the beginning, during its foundation, crises and peaks. Only the Non-Aligned Movement could ensure the global importance Tito's Yugoslavia enjoyed; only Tito's Yugoslavia could ensure the role the Non-Aligned Movement pursued between the two confronted blocks during the Cold War. In this book, Tvrtko Jakovina present the story of an objectively small country's remarkably ambitious and oftentimes also efficient diplomacy. The book centres on the 1979 Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Havana and Tito's struggle for non-alignment, that is against the Cuban leader Fidel Castro's idea to lead the Movement to the Soviet Union's side and thus destroying it.
The Third Side of the Cold War, based on a vast number of documents thus far mainly entirely unknown to the public, narrates about the conflicts tearing the Movement apart, from the attempt at the exclusion of its founder Egypt, via large stories about Afghanistan, the Iran-Iraq War, Kampuchea and Zimbabwe, all the way to Uganda, Western Sahara and the Comoros. The Third Side of the Cold War reveals and illustrates non-alignment as one of the key dogmas of Tito's Yugoslavia, employing in its analysis not only the perspective of Yugoslav diplomacy but also that of the USA and USSR superpowers, all the way to the racist Republic of South Africa. By means of Yugoslav diplomacy's sources, this book reveals the world history of the second half of the twentieth century, from the 1950s to the beginning of the 1990s.
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