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By Yannis Sygkelos

'Nationalism from the Left' analyses the case of the BCP as a Marxist establishment which more and more followed and tailored nationalism; it contributes to the exam of the rather underresearched box of communist nationwide propaganda, as basically within the final decade, have researchers develop into attracted to this subject. It explains the explanations for this and offers proof of the Party's nationalism throughout a couple of spheres of political existence: household and international coverage, institution textual content books, historiography, festivities and emblems. hence, the Marxist nationalist discourse of the BCP was once all-encompassing. not like many works on nationwide communist events, 'Nationalism from the Left' identifies many foreign parallels and provides an historic advent to the reconciliation of Marxism and nationalism.

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48 Deutscher (1967): 492. A Congress of Slavic peoples opened in Moscow in May 1943. 49 Ulam (1974): 556–557 and Deutscher (1967): 463–468. Molotov had already done the same in his June 22, 1941 address, in Brandenberger (2000): 405. 45 18 introduction Congress (1919), which put international revolution above all,50 to the reconciliation of Marxism with nationalism at the Seventh Congress (1935), when the phrase ‘world revolution’ scarcely appeared in Dimtrov’s long report. Indeed, as we shall see in the following pages, the intoxicating optimism for world revolution and internationalism of the First Congress gradually gave ground to nationally-oriented discourses and tactics.

40 King (1973): 59 41 Dragoicheva (1979): 351, 353, 359. Significantly, in the mid-1943 Tempo stated that “the BCP in vain dreams illusions of an autonomous Macedonia”, cited in Dragoicheva (1979): 361. 42 Dragoicheva (1979): 310–314. 43 Benson (2001): 88 and Singleton (1976): 92. 39 36 chapter one the communist-led partisan movement, swung the majority towards a Yugoslav orientation. Inside Bulgaria, the BCP encountered other difficulties during the Second World War. The national politics of the dynasty and government seemed to have effaced the ‘historical injustices’ of the Treaty of San Stefano that a ‘truncated’ Bulgaria had been created, after the inclusion of Southern Dobrudzha into Bulgaria’s territory (Craiova Agreement, August 1940), and the annexation of most of Macedonia and Thrace (April 1941).

60 Claudin (1975): 193. 61 Nevertheless, no Front with this name was established. All Fronts opted for nationally-oriented varieties. 62 Daskalov (1989): 80. 63 McDermott and Agnew (1996): 132. introduction 21 well as the masses, that is, nationalism, which would become a core discourse in future communist hegemonic strategies. The tactic of building political alliances on a national basis charted by the Seventh Congress was to prove efficient in each partisan movement. The prewar idea for a broad anti-fascist coalition substantially materialised in the resistance movement of all anti-fascist, fatherland or national or patriotic fronts.

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