Josip Broz Tito
Josip Broz Tito (Cyrillic: Јосип Броз Тито, pronounced [jǒsip brôːz tîto]; born Josip Broz 7 Mey 1892[nb 1] – 4 Mey 1980) wis a Yugoslav revolutionary an statesman, servin in various roles frae 1943 till his daith in 1980. In Warld War II, he wis the leader o the Pairtisans, eften regairdit as the maist effective reseestance muivement in occupied Europe. While his presidency haes been creeticised as authoritarian an concerns aboot the repression o poleetical opponents hae been raised, Tito haes been seen bi maist as a benevolent dictator.
He wis a popular public feegur baith in Yugoslavie an abraid. Viewed as a unifeein seembol, his internal policies mainteened the peacefu coexeestence o the naitions o the Yugoslav federation. He gained faur internaitional attention as the chief leader o the Non-Aligned Muivement, alangside Jawaharlal Nehru o Indie, Gamal Abdel Nasser o Egyp, an Kwame Nkrumah o Ghana.
Broz wis born tae a Croat faither an Slovene mither in the veelage o Kumrovec, Austrick-Hungary (nou in Croatie). Drauchtit intae militar service, he distinguished himsel, acomin the youngest sergeant major in the Austro-Hungarian Airmy o that time. Efter bein seriously woundit an capturt bi the Imperial Roushies in Warld War I, he wis sent tae a wark camp in the Ural Muntains. He pairteecipatit in some events o the Roushie Revolution in 1917 an subsequent Ceevil War.
Upon his return tae the Balkans in 1918, Broz entered the newly established Kinrick o Yugoslavie, whaur he jynt the Communist Pairty o Yugoslavie (KPJ). He later wis electit as General Secretar (later Chairman o the Presidium) o the League o Communists o Yugoslavie (1939–1980). In Warld War II, efter the Nazi invasion o the aurie, he led the Yugoslav guerrilla muivement, the Pairtisans (1941–1945).
Efter the war, he wis selectit as Prime Meenister (1944–1963), an Preses (later Preses for Life) (1953–1980) o the Socialist Federal Republic o Yugoslavie (SFRY). Frae 1943 tae his daith in 1980, Tito held the rank oMarshal o Yugoslavie, serving as the supreme commander o the Yugoslav militar, the Yugoslav Fowk's Airmy (JNA). Wi a heichly favourable reputation abraid in baith Cauld War blocs, he received some 98 furrin decorations, includin the Legion o Honour an the Order o the Bath.
Tito wis the chief airchitect o the seicont Yugoslavie, a socialist federation that lastit frae November 1943 till Apryle 1992. Despite bein ane o the foonders o Cominform, he becam the first Cominform member tae defee Soviet hegemony in 1948. He wis the anerly leader in Joseph Stalin's time tae leave Cominform an begin wi his kintra's awn socialist programme, that conteened elements o mercat socialism. Economists active in the umwhile Yugoslavie, includin Czech-born Jaroslav Vanek an Yugoslav-born Branko Horvat, promotit a model o mercat socialism that wis dubbed the Illyrian model. Firms war socially awned bi thair employees an structurt on wirkers' sel-management; thay competit in appen an free mercats.
Tito managed tae keep ethnic tensions unner control bi delegatin as muckle pouer as possible tae ilk republic. The 1974 Yugoslav Constitution defined SFR Yugoslavie as a "federal republic o equal naitions an naitionalities, freely unitit on the principle o britherheid an unity in achievin speceefic an common interest." Ilk republic wis an aw gien the richt tae sel-determination an secession if duin throu legal channels. Lastly, Kosovo an Vojvodina, the twa constituent provinces o Serbie, received substantially increased autonomy, includin de facto veto pouer in the Serbie pairlament.
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