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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which accepts all the reasons for the communist parties turn to nationalism. The book aims to contribute a pioneering research study to the ongoing debate on a quite unexplored topic: the national discourse of communist parties in the 1940s, a period during which they developed popular resistance movements all over Europe, became huge and seized power in many European countries. Although the book thoroughly examines the case of the BCP (a self-proclaimed Marxist institution), what happened in Bulgaria is fairly representative of all Eastern European communist countries during the early post-war period. The book intends to provide an understanding of other versions of the same world-wide phenomenon on many levels. It explores and interprets a significant version of the worldwide phenomenon of Marxist nationalism.

Keywords: BCP; Bulgaria; Bulgarian communist; communist parties; Eastern European communist; Marxist nationalism; nationalism

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