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Title: La strategia dell’ambiguità: i cetnici di Draža Mihailović
Authors: Cuzzi, Marco
Keywords: SerbiaChetniksDraža MihailovićcollaborationsresistancesSerbiacetniciDraža Mihailovićcollaborazionismiresistenze
Issue Date: Dec-2015
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Marco Cuzzi, "La strategia dell’ambiguità: i cetnici di Draža Mihailović", in "Qualestoria. Rivista di storia contemporanea. Anno XLIII, 2, Dicembre 2015. Collaborazionismi, guerre civili e resistenze", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2015, pp. 33-63
The history of the Chetniks of Draža Mihailović is one of the most controversial episodes of the
Second World War. Born as a resistance movement after the surrender of the Royal Yugoslav
Army to the troops of the Axis, the Chetniks of Mihailović were characterized by a great Serbian
nationalism, monarchist positions and strong anti-communism. It was the anti-communism
to push the Chetniks to consider Tito’s partisans as the main enemy to be eliminated. After
the annihilation of partisans, the Chetniks would have turned their force against the occupier
with the help of the Anglo-American Allies. So it was that the Chetnik movement concluded
temporary collaborations with the Italian and German occupying armies, to enable them to
defeat the followers of Tito. General Draža Mihailović was therefore accused of collaborating,
an accusation that he would reject until the process in 1946. Of course, if we can’t talk of a
planned and ideological collaboration, for sure we can say that the Chetnik movement made of
ambiguity (with the occupiers, the quisling forces, the partisans and the allies) its main strategy.
Type: Article
ISSN: 0393-6082
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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