Tito’s Secret Empire

How the Maharaja of the Balkans Fooled the World

William Klinger


Denis Kuljiš

This new biography situates Tito as an international revolutionary leader, suggesting his power and ambition were much wider than has previously been understood.

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November 2020£30.00
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This groundbreaking biography of Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia presents many startling new revelations, among them his role as an international revolutionary leader and his relationship with Winston Churchill. It highlights his early years as a Comintern operative, the context for his later politics as a leader of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). The authors argue that in the 1940s, between the dissolution of the Comintern and the rise of NAM, Tito’s influence and ambition were far wider than has been understood, extending to Italy, France, Greece and Spain via the international Communist networks established during the Spanish Civil War. Klinger and Kuljiš disclose for the first time the connection between Tito’s expulsion from the Cominform and the Rome assassination attempt on the Italian Communist Party leader, Palmiro Togliatti—the man who had plotted to overthrow Tito.

Tito’s Secret Empire offers a pivotal contribution to our understanding of Tito as a figure of real, rather than imagined, global significance. This dazzlingly original book will reward all those who are interested in the history of international Communism, the Cold War and the Non-Aligned Movement, or in Tito the man—one of the most significant leaders of the twentieth century.


The late William Klinger was a historian of the Balkans; he died in 2015.

Denis Kuljiš was a renowned liberal Croatian journalist. With his partners, he founded Media Press, a company that launched the influential independent political weekly Globus. He died in August 2019.


‘A fascinating, highly readable and groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of Tito, suggesting that his power and ambitions in the 1940s stretched much wider than has been assumed previously.’ — Marko Hoare, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, and author of The History of Bosnia

‘A compelling, provocative, and polemical examination of Tito’s tenure and his position within the Cold War political (dis)order.’ — Jasmin Mujanović, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Elon University, and author of Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans