Conversations with Stalin

Conversations with Stalin

Milovan Djilas

Language: English

Pages: 210

ISBN: 0156225913

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A memoir by the former vice president of Yugoslavia describing three visits to Moscow and his encounters there with Stalin. Index. Translated by Michael B. Petrovich.

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Table of Contents Title Page Table of Contents Copyright Dedication Note on the Spelling and Pronunciation of Serbo-Croat Words and Names Foreword RAPTURES 1 2 3 4 5 6 DOUBTS 1 2 3 4 5 6 DISAPPOINTMENTS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Conclusion Selected Biographical Notes Index About the Author Copyright � 1962 by Harcourt Brace & Company Copyright renewed 1990 by Harcourt Brace &Company All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form

well as I, wars are exclusively the product of class struggle, and because Communism would abolish classes, the necessity for men to wage war would also vanish. But this general, many Russian soldiers, as well as I in the worst battle in which I ever took part came to realize some further truths in the horrors of war: that human struggles would acquire the aspect of ultimate bitterness only when all men came to be subject to the same social system, for the system would be untenable as such and

about such things then, for Stalin passed on to relations with the Yugoslav Government-in-exile, turning to Molotov: “Couldn’t we somehow trick the English into recognizing Tito, who alone is fighting the Germans?” Molotov smiled—with a smile in which there was irony and self-satisfaction: “No, that is impossible; they are perfectly aware of developments in Yugoslavia.” I was enthusiastic about this direct, straightforward manner, which I had not till then encountered in Soviet official

was in complete agreement with Stalin’s insistence on Tito’s need, in view of the serious and complicated circumstances and tasks, to find himself a more permanent headquarters and to free himself of daily insecurity. There is no doubt that Stalin also transmitted this view to the Soviet Mission, for it was just at that time, on their insistence, that Tito agreed to evacuate to Italy, and from there to the island of Vis, where he remained until the Red Army got to Yugoslavia. Of course Stalin

and events on the basis of my present insights. There is not much in this book that the well-versed reader will not already know from published memoirs and other literature. However, since an event becomes more comprehensible and tangible if explained in greater detail and from several vantage points, I have considered it not unuseful if I, too, had my say. I hold that humans and human relationships are more important than dry facts, and so I have paid greater attention to the former. And if the

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