Cover Osteuropa 7/2008

In Osteuropa 7/2008

The Warm Up and the Downfall
Yugoslav Culture in the 1960s

Davor Beganovic

Deutsche Fassung


During the 1960s, demands were heard for more freedom and self-determination in Yugoslavia. Writers such as Danilo Kiš, Mirko Kovač, Borislav Pekić, and Antun Šoljan, but also filmmakers and philosophers created a degree of freedom for themselves. They developed new literary and cinematic forms of expression and openly discussed questions that the regime had previously deemed taboo. Critical artists and scientists, however, were soon silenced, oppositional politicians dismissed. This cost the state legitimacy. The first signs of Yugoslavia’s break-up began to emerge.

(Osteuropa 7/2008, pp. 129–138)