The Harriman Institute presents a talk by Veljko Vujacic, Oberlin College.
In 1991, the USSR and Yugoslavia, two multinational communist federations with a history of indigenous communist revolutions and similar nationality policies, collapsed. However, whereas the USSR dissolved relatively peacefully along the lines of its constituent republics, Yugoslavia's break-up was violent. A key factor in these contrasting outcomes has to do with the very different reactions of the elites of core nations--Russians and Serbs--to the prospect of state disintegration. Why this difference? Vujacic will examine the deeper historical dynamic behind the different reactions of Russian and Serbian political and intellectual elites to state disintegration.