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The Bulgarian Communist Party from Blagoev to Zhivkov
The Bulgarian Communist Party from Blagoev to Zhivkov
By John D. Bell
Hoover Press, 1986, 202 pp
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While it does not replace the earlier works of Joseph Rothschild, Nissan Oren and J. F. Brown, this study admirably adds to them, thanks largely to the recent thaw in Bulgarian writing on previously forbidden subjects. It is a succinct, well-structured history of the party that, after the accession to power in 1944, becomes in many respects the history of Bulgaria. There is undoubtedly more to Bulgarian-Soviet relations than toadyism, as the book indicates in pointing to the revival of Bulgarian nationalism. Bulgaria is not Poland or Romania, but it may provide some surprises as the Zhivkov era winds down.