1911 - Born on June 4th in Montenegro, Yugoslavia. Montenegrin Yugoslavian Communist revolutionary and dissident.
1932 - He became a member of the Yugoslav Communist Party while studying at Belgrade University.
1933-1936 - Was imprisoned for his political activities.
1938 - Djilas was elected to the Central Committee of the Party and two years later a member of its Politburo.
1945 - Josip Tito became premier of Yugoslavia. Over the next few years he created a federation of socialist republics (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia). Djilas was vice president in Tito's government.
1948 - Was sent as head of a Yugoslav delegation to meet Stalin in Moscow.
1954 - He was expelled from the party and lost all his government posts.
1955 - Djilas published The New Class: An Analysis of the Communist System.
1956 - Djilas was arrested in November and charged with "slandering and writing opinions hostile to the people and the state of Yugoslavia." Djilas was eventually sentenced to nine years in prison.
1971-1986 - Djilas remained a committed socialist but argued that the dictatorship of the New Class inevitably carried within it the seeds of its own destruction.
- These views were expressed in books such as Under the Colours, Land Without Justice, Unperfect Society: Beyond the New Class, Memoir of a Revolutionary, Parts of a Lifetime, Wartime: With Tito and the Partisans, Tito: the Story from Inside, Of Prisons and Ideas and Rise and Fall.
1995 - Died on April 20th.
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