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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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The Communist Acquisition of Power, 1944–1948

The Communist Acquisition of Power, 1944–1948

(p.308) 11 The Communist Acquisition of Power, 1944–1948

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The establishment of the Fatherland Front government after September 9, 1944 saw the emergence of communists as a forceful, and frequently the dominant element in Bulgarian politics, but they did not have a monopoly of power. This they established gradually and ruthlessly, destroying first the old political system then devouring their erstwhile allies until finally eliminating or taming all other political, social, and cultural organizations. The communists' major confrontations were with the agrarians and the army, and not until the end of 1947 was communist power fully entrenched. In their assumption of power the communists were aided by external as well as domestic factors.

Keywords:   Bulgaria, communism, Fatherland Front, politics, agrarians, elections, Soviet Union

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