Cold War Football: Soviet Defence and Yugoslav Attack following the Tito-Stalin Split of 1948

Mills, Richard (2016) Cold War Football: Soviet Defence and Yugoslav Attack following the Tito-Stalin Split of 1948. Europe-Asia Studies, 68 (10). pp. 1736-1758. ISSN 0966-8136

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Abstract

This essay explores the symbolic role played by football in the Tito-Stalin Split (1948-1953). In particular, it looks at the Yugoslav national team’s victory over the Soviet Union at the 1952 Olympics in Finland. It asks how Yugoslav sports administrators, athletes and the press negotiated the transition from a position of affectionate sporting emulation of the USSR, to one of hostile opposition. Both regimes paid close attention to international sporting competition and its potential propaganda benefits. Shedding light on an early intra-socialist rupture, this case deserves to be considered alongside better known instances of sporting conflict in the Cold War.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: football,tito-stalin split,yugoslavia,soviet union,1952 olympic games,cominform
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
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Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 17:00
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2019 00:13
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58613
DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2016.1243228

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