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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 Communists in Power, I. The Rule of Terror, the Reign of Vŭlko Chervenkov, and the Rise of Todor Zhivkov, 1948–1965

The Communists in Power, I. The Rule of Terror, the Reign of Vŭlko Chervenkov, and the Rise of Todor Zhivkov, 1948–1965

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(p.327) 12. The Communists in Power, I. The Rule of Terror, the Reign of Vŭlko Chervenkov, and the Rise of Todor Zhivkov, 1948–1965
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Bulgaria
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541584.003.0013

The Dimitrov constitution, adopted by acclamation in December 1947, and the new party programme announced at the fifth congress intensified the communists' drive to remodel Bulgaria and to do away with the old regime. The process was seemingly completed with the law of November 20, 1951 which rescinded all laws and regulations deemed to contradict the Dimitrov constitution and which declared all pre-September 9, 1944 legislation invalid. However, communist rule in Bulgaria, as elsewhere in eastern Europe, was not simply a matter of political power or legislative monopoly. It also involved total control of the economy and of society. This chapter examines the communist regime in Bulgaria from 1948 to 1965, focusing on the reign of Vŭlko Chervenkov and the rise to power of Todor Zhivkov.

Keywords:   Bulgaria, communism, Vŭlko Chervenkov, Todor Zhivkov, politics, Fatherland Front, social conditions, economic order, Soviet Union, religion

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