The Bulgarian Communist Party from Blagoev to Zhivkov /
John D. Bell.
Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press, 1986.
xii, 202 p. : map. --
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Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press, 1986.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [181]-191.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-09:
The tenth in the Hoover Institution's series on the histories of ruling Communist parties, this is a highly competent survey that in its seven highly readable chapters traces the origins of the Social Democratic movement in Bulgaria and its transformation into a Communist regime. Tables provide information on the elections of 1913, 1919, 1920, 1923, and 1946; on the party membership 1915-1919, 1919-1923, 1948-1981; on the party's social composition in 1945, and 1948-1981; on women within the party 1948-1981; and on the distribution of local offices by political party on 31 December 1944. The composition of the top party leadership is also given in ten appendixes, which cover the period from 1944 to 1981. The book has an index and a good selected bibliography. The most interesting parts of the volume deal with Bulgarian-Yugoslav relations, the antifascist struggle, the consolidation of power, and the treatment of opposition. Should prove indispensable for courses in East European politics.-P.J. Potichnyj, McMaster University
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