hidden europe 49

Recalling Tito

by hidden europe


From Skopje to Moscow, from Sarajevo to New Delhi, the names of roads and squares recall Josep Broz Tito, who was President of Yugoslavia from 1953 until his death in 1980. But what happened to all the Tito towns in former Yugoslavia? Titograd became Podgorica. And the others?

In the feature that follows, author Laurence Mitchell makes reference to the manner in which the name of the Serbian town of Uzice was for many years prefixed with an homage to Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito. From 1946 until 1992, the town’s official name was Titovo Uzice. At various times between 1945 and 1983, seven towns in Yugoslavia changed their names to include reference to the Yugoslav leader, and an eighth town was entirely renamed in honour of President Tito. That was Podgorica, the largest city in Montenegro, which from 1946 until 1992 was called Titograd. By 1997 the last of the Tito prefixes had been dropped.

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