COMMENTS ON THE SOCIAL SITUATION IN KOSOVO IN THE 1960S AND 1970S (Poznamky k socialni situaci v Kosovu v 60. a 70. letech 20. stoleti)
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The article is devoted to the development of the social situation in Kosovo in the 1960s and 1970s. It points to the fact that Serbian, Albanian and international historiography has researched the recent history of Kosovo mainly from the point of view of the growth of ethnic tensions. However, clarification of the causes of the specific development of this region is not possible without impartial and comprehensive analysis of all areas of its social and economic life. The text presents findings mainly derived from official Yugoslav statistics, documents from the office of Josip Broz Tito and partial analysis of the Belgrade daily Politika from several years. The study includes the development of health care, infant mortality, the level of schooling, employment, pension and social security, consumption of food, position of women and the situation in the agrarian sector. The data are compared with the situation in more backward parts of the former Yugoslav federation, especially in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia. It is clear that from about the first third of the 1960s, Kosovo began to fall seriously behind these economically under-developed republics.
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