Titoism I: Slovenia from Prehistory to Tito – Balkan History

Today begins our series on the ideology of the communist dictator of the former Yugoslavia, Tito, and I’m telling it specifically from the perspective of my own family’s ethnic background, the Slovenians. I give the history of the formation of the Slovenian identity up till Tito’s time, so that we will be ready to see Titoism from the Slovenian perspective next time, when we talk about Tito himself.

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Time/place: Southeast Europe, 600 CE – 1914 CE

Dead Idea: Titoism

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Slovene lands mostly covered by what is labeled Carniola and Gorizia-Gradisca in far northwest

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5 thoughts on “Titoism I: Slovenia from Prehistory to Tito – Balkan History

  1. Love this! My family arrived to Minnesota from Slovenia in 1921. Our family is from Pavla Vas, you?

    1. Hi Maggie. Nice to meet you. My family told me a couple of towns in the southeast we’re from but I forget their names. I’d have to look them up. Thanks for listening to the show!

  2. Loving the podcast. I have a toddler, so slowly getting through Titoism…and not bc of the content!!

    I know this podcast is from 2017, but if you ever want contacts there, I am very close with my family in Slovenia. I am 3rd generation Slovenian-American. My Great Grandmother Neža left in 1921 for “Chickentown” Minnesota outside of Evelyth. Are you familiar with this town?

    Many thanks!

    1. I know Evelyth but I’ve never heard of Chickentown. Is that the real name?? Thanks for the offer of contacts in Slovenia.

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