Brandt, Miroslav, Preface to the 'Antimemorandum', 1986.Manuscript
Brandt already wrote this manuscript in 1986. In the introduction to its public publication after democratic changes in Croatia in 1990, he described the political and social circumstances which prompted him to write this text. Namely, he felt that it was necessary to adequately respond to Serbian intellectuals from the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts and their “Memorandum,” which called for the transformation of Yugoslavia into the centralized state under the control of its largest federal member, the Socialist Republic of Serbia. Brandt then attempted to propose an initiative to the Yugoslav Academy of Science and Arts in Zagreb so that it would respond to the Belgrade “Memorandum” and publish it in the media. However, Brandt did not find any collaborators there for this initiative, so that he began to write a line-by-line critical response to the postulates set forth in the “Memorandum.” His essay, under the title “Antimemorandum,” written in 1986, could not appear publicly until 1990, for Brandt thought that if he dared to publish it in the Socialist Republic of Croatia of the time, such a move could have led to his arrest.
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