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True enough, after the 1929 crisis, as the process of import-substitution industrialisation was accelerated all over the Balkan peninsula, the difference in terms of the industrial sector's contribution to the GNP between Greece and her Balkan neighbours became less marked. 79 It must be stressed, however, that even in the 1930s and 1940s the persistently low levels of urbanisation in the northern Balkans, as well as the low levels of migration, were keeping the vast majority of the active populations in the primary sector.

To be more specific, the low levels of urbanistion, commercialisation, and industrialisation in the northern part of the Balkans meant not only a weak industrial bourgeoisie but a very small middle class in general (professionals, merchants, administrators, and so on). In the early twentieth century it was not only the landlord classes in the northern Balkans which were weak but - in comparison with Greece and the Latin American semi-peripheral societies - the urban middle classes too were both numerically small and politically feeble.

Moreover in Yugoslavia, as in Bulgaria, the immediate post-war years of reforms and the rise of agrarian parties was followed (in the post-Depression period) by the imposition of a monarchical dictatorial regime which lasted until the Second World War. 3 The transformation of clientelistic networks A. In Greece, contrary to both the northern Balkans and the southern cone countries of Latin America, the transition from oligarchic to broader forms of political representation occurred without the development of any strong populist movement in either the countryside or the cities.

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