Saturday, December 29, 2007

Logbook: Correction re. Slovenia

I have just received this helpful bit of history from my good friend Matt in Vienna and wanted to share it as a correction of what I wrote about Slovenia... Thanks, Matt!
"Slovenia was not an Eastern bloc country. As a part of Yugoslavia, Slovenia was indeed Communist. However, Tito broke with the Soviet Union early and Yugoslavia belonged, along with, for instance, China, to the club of the Neutral and Non-Aligned Nations during the Cold War. Though Tito tried to steer a course independent of both the US and the USSR, Western culture predominated. For instance, US films were shown on state-run TV in English with Serbo-Croatian or Slovenian subtitles so many middle-class Yugoslavs spoke (and speak) magnificent American English!"
No wonder Ljubljana seemed so "western" to me!

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