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Living under Surveillance

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Life in Serbia under the Dictatorship of King Aleksandar (1929–1935)

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This study examines the effect of surveillance and censorship on ordinary people in Serbia during the dictatorship of King Aleksandar. Special attention is paid to the problems of the Belgrade ministries in coordinating expanded police powers as well as the changing attitude of the Serbian public toward the royal regime and its emphasis on integral Yugoslavism. Well known for suppressing Croatian resentment of the new territorial redivision into banovine, the dictatorship also found itself with Serbian complaints to suppress. This paper is based on primary sources in the Archive of Yugoslavia and select periodicals of the period.

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Contemporary History, Belgrade, Serbia,


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2. Državni sud za zaštitu države (State Court for the Protection of the State).
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