Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

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Dr. Nicholas Mirković, after initiating this volume for the Series, volunteered in the struggle for the liberation of the Yugoslavs, and on May 2, 1944, was killed by a low-flying Nazi airplane. He was a young and energetic Yugoslav intellectual with a Western orientation who dreamed of a free and progressive Yugoslavia. To him and to many others like him this volume has been dedicated.

Having written three of the chapters for the volume, it became my task to obtain other contributions and to edit it from the beginning to the end. The difficulties of preparing a volume on the Yugoslav people as unique as this one have been almost insurmountable. The background of the Yugoslavs, both physical and historical, is probably more complex than that of any nation in Europe. In addition, since the beginning of the Second World War a complete change of rule has occurred from Bourgeois to Communist.

The contributors to the volume have labored to produce a publication which endeavors to tell the many-sided and involved story of this brave people with the scrupulous care for accuracy, impartiality, and understanding expected of responsible scholars. They have achieved a result in line with the lofty objectives of the United Nations Series, which it is hoped will outlast the passions and the whims of the day. For it must not be forgotten that governments may come and governments may go, but nations remain forever.

July 14, 1948 ROBERT J. KERNER

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