manded the first corps of the Liberation Army. By the end of the war, he commanded the second corps and had the rank of colonel general.
After the war, he was a member of the highest party- and mass-organization commands. In 1945, Popovic was elected to the Constituent Assembly. He was also chief of the general staff of the Yugoslav army, and he held this position until 1953. He was also secretary of state for foreign affairs, thus, a member of the federal government. He headed the Yugoslav delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, 1947, and 1949. He was also a constant companion of Tito (see Tito, Josip Broz) during the latter's visit to various countries, including England, Burma, India, Egypt, and France. He was a member of the Central Committee of the Communist party, and various other mass organizations.
Byrnes Robert F., Yugoslavia ( New York, 1957); Pavlowitch Stevan K., The Improbable Survivor: Yugoslavia and its Problems 1918-1988 ( London, 1988).
Popovic, Vladimir (1914-?). Vladimir Popovic was born into a well-known Serbian family, related to Koca Popovic (see Popovic, Koca). He, too, attended the University of Belgrade and became a physician. He had communist sympathies and declared himself when, in 1932, he attended the communist-sponsored Students World Congress in Paris, as a delegate of the students of Belgrade University. When the Spanish civil war broke out, Vladimir Popovic joined the International Brigade together with Koca Popovic. He was interned after the end of the Spanish civil war and was released only when Germany defeated France in 1940.
Upon his return to Yugoslavia, Popovic immediately joined Tito (see Tito, Josip Broz) and was appointed to various posts in the partisan army. In 1944, with the rank of colonel, he commanded the third corps. In 1945, he was sent to Bulgaria as the first Titoist ambassador. At the end of the same year, he was appointed Yugoslav ambassador to the Soviet Union, at that time the most critical diplomatic post for Tito's government. When Yugoslavia was expelled from the Soviet Bloc, Popovic returned home and became deputy foreign minister. In June 1950, he was named Yugoslav ambassador to the United States and remained in Washington, D.C., for three years. After his return to Yugoslavia, he was named chairman of the parliament's committee on foreign affairs. In 1955, Popovic was named Yugoslavia's ambassador to communist China, a critical diplomatic post to his country.
Byrnes Robert F., Yugoslavia ( New York, 1957); Rusinow Dennison, The Yugoslav Experiment, 1948-1977 ( London, 1977).
Post-World War II Recovery in Yugoslavia. The new Yugoslav government of Josip Broz Tito (see Tito, Josip Broz) faced a difficult task when the war was over. The destruction inflicted by the occupying armies was widespread. The bureaucracy and the government of the old regime simply disappeared. There were few commu