East, west, home's best: the material links of cold war Yugoslavia, 1948-1980

V.C. Lagendijk, F. Schipper

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This article studies infrastructure building as an instrument to lure Yugoslavia into the Western orbit following the Tito-Stalin rift. Foreign aid flowed to Yugoslavia for infrastructural development as part of a broader set of flows that aimed at military support, economic growth and social development. The empirical cases presented here uncover the broader aims embedded in road and
electricity network design, the conflicts provoked by their realization, and the laterial realities in which they resulted. Connecting Yugoslav networks into wider webs also benefited neighbouring Balkan states on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Everyday infrastructure technologies thus allowed Yugoslavia to seize the opportunity to strengthen its material networks, without fully entering the Western nor leaving the Eastern camp entirely.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-54
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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