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R.J. Crampton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541584

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541584.001.0001

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Bulgaria and the Second World War, 1941–1944

Bulgaria and the Second World War, 1941–1944

(p.258) 9 Bulgaria and the Second World War, 1941–1944

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This chapter focuses on Bulgaria's political, social, and economic conditions during the Second World War, which lasted from 1941 to 1944. Bulgaria's commitment to the Axis had profound effects on the domestic political scene. The defence of the Realm Act and other legislation in the summer of 1940 had shown official favour to the political right and nationalist, fascist, and proto-fascist groups had taken encouragement from this. Boris died on August 28, 1943, apparently due to an infarction of his heart's left chamber. Boris was the leader who had brought about national reunification and, probably more importantly, had kept Bulgaria out of the murderous war on the eastern front. He had also curbed the party political warfare that had produced ineffective government and had contained the extremes of right as well as left.

Keywords:   Bulgaria, history, World War II, politics, King Boris, Germany, education, Fatherland Front

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