In 1928, the political crisis in Yugoslavia reached a boiling point it would not be able to return from, as blood was spilled on the Parliament floor. (To clarify, there is no Round 1, you haven’t missed an episode, this is just the second major assassination of the narrative).
In 1925, Yugoslavia’s two great rivals, Stjepan Radić and Nikola Pašić, finally buried the hatchet and formed a government together. Then they remembered why they hated each other in the first place, and the government got nothing done.
After a long delay, here at last is the new episode! Today, we discuss the early foreign policy of the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and the internal measures taken to make unification a reality.
Today I talk to Dr John Paul Newman of Maynooth University about his book, Yugoslavia in the Shadow of War, and the divisions within interwar Yugoslav society that resulted from the various difference experiences of the First World War and what it meant.