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The Nationalist Discourse In Domestic Politics

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This chapter describes the political situation that the BCP had to navigate: the political parties of that time are briefly presented (their position, social composition, membership, support, and ideology, including their own national discourses which competed with those of the communists, as well as the potential dangers they posed for communist hegemony); the impact of international agreements on Bulgarian politics is examined; communist advantages and disadvantages are discussed; and the tactics the communists used to weaken and marginalise serious rivals are illustrated. This chapter also examines the extensive nationalist discourse the communists constructed, recasting and recombining in a syncretic manner central discursive elements from earlier discourses: a bourgeois nationalist and a communist one. Finally, the chapter shows how this nationalist discourse was used in the elimination of the opposition and in politics concerning the ethnic 'other'.

Keywords: BCP; bourgeois nationalist; Bulgarian politics; Fatherland Front; nationalist discourse; Post-war Bulgaria



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