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6. Communism and Nationalism in the Balkans: Marriage of Convenience or Mutual Attraction?

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It is true that communism was a universalistic project and communists were openly critical toward "chauvinism". And compared to other political movements of the first half of the twentieth century, communism was certainly less "nationalistic". That could be considered an advantage, but most often the communist parties' alleged lack of nationalism was and is still seen as something negative. This chapter analyzes the long and meandering relationship between communism and nationalism in the case of the Balkan communist parties and states. Ironically, the theory of nationalism as a bourgeois ideology turned into a communist practice of constructing nationalism: the communists invented alphabets, wrote histories of the Romanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian or other "people" and published great national encyclopedias. Finally, instead of being a "marriage of convenience", the relationship between communism and nationalism constituted a mutual attraction.

Keywords: Balkan communist parties; Bulgarian; Macedonian; marriage of convenience; mutual attraction; nationalism; political movements; Romanian



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