Jozo Tomasevich

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Josip "Jozo" Tomasevich
Born (1908-03-16)March 16, 1908
Košarni Do, Dalmatia, Austria-Hungary
Died October 15, 1994(1994-10-15) (aged 86)
Palo Alto, California, United States
Citizenship United States
Nationality Croat[1][2]
Fields History
Military history
Economics
Institutions San Francisco State University
Stanford University
Columbia University
Federal Reserve Bank
Alma mater University of Basel
Harvard University
Notable awards Distinguished Contributions to Slavic Studies Award (1989)
Spouse Neda Brelić

Josip "Jozo" Tomasevich (March 16, 1908 – October 15, 1994; Serbo-Croatian: Josip Jozo Tomašević, pronounced "tomashevich") was a prominent Yugoslav American[3][4] economist and military historian. He was professor emeritus at San Francisco State University.[5]

Education and career[edit]

Jozo Tomašević was born in the village of Košarni Do on the Pelješac peninsula (today part of Orebić municipality). He completed his secondary education in Sarajevo before moving to Switzerland to study at the University of Basel, from where he graduated with a Ph.D. in economics in 1932. After graduation he worked as financial expert at the Yugoslav National Bank in Belgrade until 1938 when he moved to the United States with a Rockefeller fellowship, "availing himself of the rich resources of Harvard University".[6] In the US, he first worked at the Food Research Institute of Stanford University as a member of their scholarly staff. During World War II he was also affiliated with the Board of Economic Warfare and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Washington, DC. After the war he first worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco.[6] In 1948 he joined the San Francisco State University and he taught there for twenty-five years until he retired in 1973.[6][7] He also taught for a year at Columbia University around 1954.[6] In 1974 and 1976 he received fellowships for his "Postdoctoral Research in East European Studies" from the American Council of Learned Societies.[8]

Work[edit]

Before 1938, Tomasevich's publications focused on the finances of the Yugoslav kingdom during the Great Depression. In the US, he first focused on the economic aspects of the international relations in the Pacific basin. He followed that with a study of the "economic problems of the Yugoslav peasantry within a larger social, political and historical framework" in his 1955 book Peasants, Politics, and Economic Change in Yugoslavia.[6]

In the late 1950s he started to work on a planned trilogy of the history of Yugoslavia during World War II. The first volume, focused on the Chetniks, appeared in 1975 and it was "basically a study in politics, ideology and military operations, although the role of the economic factor has not been overlooked".[6] The second volume concentrated on collaboration and the quisling governments in Yugoslavia,[6] especially the Independent State of Croatia, and was published posthumously in 2001 with editing from his daughter Neda.[9] The third volume, which covered the Yugoslav Partisans, is 75 percent complete and remains unpublished.[6]

In October 2001, the personal library of Tomasevich was donated to the Stanford University Libraries.[10]

Recognition[edit]

In 1989, Tomasevich and Wayne S. Vucinich received the Distinguished Contributions to Slavic Studies Award from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 1937 Tomasevich married Neda Brelić, a high-school teacher, with whom he had three children.[6] She died on July 5, 2002 at the age of 88.[12]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Tomasevich, Jozo (1934). Die Staatsschulden Jugoslaviens [The National Debt of Yugoslavia] (in German). Zagreb: Drukerei "Merkantile". 
  • Tomasevich, Jozo (1935). Financijska politika Jugoslavije, 1929–1934 [Fiscal Policy of Yugoslavia, 1929–1934] (in Serbo-Croatian). Zagreb: Vlastita naklada. 
  • Tomasevich, Jozo (1938). Novac i kredit [Money and Credit] (in Serbo-Croatian). Zagreb: Vlastito izdanje. 
  • Tomasevich, Jozo (1943). International Agreements on Conservation of Marine Resources: With Special Reference to the North Pacific. Stanford: Food Research Institute (printed by Stanford University Press). OCLC 6153373. 
  • Tomasevich, Jozo (1955). Peasants, Politics, and Economic Change in Yugoslavia. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 
  • Tomasevich, Jozo (May 1958). "Agriculture in Eastern Europe". Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 317: 44–52. doi:10.1177/000271625831700107. JSTOR 1031076. 
  • Tomasevich, Jozo; Vucinich, Wayne S. (1969). Contemporary Yugoslavia: Twenty Years of Socialist Experiment. Berkeley: University of California Press. 
  • Tomasevich, Jozo (1975). War and Revolution in Yugoslavia, 1941–1945: The Chetniks 1. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-0857-6. 
  • Tomasevich, Jozo (1976). "The Tomašević extended family on the Peninsula of Pelješac". In Byrnes, Robert F. Communal Families in the Balkans: The Zadruga Essays by Philip E. Mosely and Essays in His Honor. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press. ISBN 0-268-00569-9. 
  • Tomasevich, Jozo (2001). War and Revolution in Yugoslavia, 1941–1945: Occupation and Collaboration 2. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-0857-6. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gavrović, Milan (12 March 2011). "Đavolji odvjetnik blaženoga kardinala". Novosti (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Knjiga koje se boje i crveni i crni". Globus (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tomasevich, Jozo, 1908–1994.". Social Networks and Archival Context Project. 
  4. ^ "Overview of the Jozo Tomasevich papers". Online Archive of California. 
  5. ^ "CREES Newsletter". Center for Russian and East European Studies, Stanford University. Spring 1982. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Vucinich, Alexander (1995). "Jozo Tomasevich: 1908–1994". Slavic Review 54 (1): 257–258. JSTOR 2501227. 
  7. ^ "Personages". American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 35 (2): 11–12. March 1995. ISSN 1074-3057. 
  8. ^ "Jozo Tomasevich F'76, F'74". American Council of Learned Societies. July 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ Kadezabek, Joseph War and Revolution in Yugoslavia, 1941–1945: Occupation and Collaboration. Canadian Journal of History, Apr 1, 2004
  10. ^ "Jozo Tomasevich Collection". Stanford University Libraries. October 2001. 
  11. ^ "ASEEES Distinguished Contributions to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Award". Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. 
  12. ^ "Deaths: Neda B. Tomasevich". Palo Alto Weekly. August 28, 2002.