Bulgarian Communism: The Road to Power 1934-1944 by Nissan Oren

By Nissan Oren

This research examines the politics of Bulgarian Communism throughout the decade previous the institution of Communist rule in Bulgaria. It completes the historical past of the Bulgarian Communist get together in its pre-ruling days.

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After the coup, he was appointed Bulgaria's ambassador to Belgrade, where he succeeded Kioseivanov. , pp. 559-60). 31 THE NON-COMMUNIST SCENE dfficulties of the Bulgarian peasants, tended to increase the pressures on Gichev, who in turn increased his own demands on Mushanov by requesting a larger share of power in the government. Faced with end­ less inner bickering, Mushanov was already considering the possible alternatives to the existing coalition with Gichev. In the spring of 1934 he began secret negotiations with the leaders of Pladne for the purpose of opening the way for their entry into the government in the place of Gichev and his colleagues.

248. Exaggerated claims on membership figures were made by aU Agrarian groups. There was, however, more to this tendency than the obvious considerations of self-interest. Agrarians would assume a priori that they alone had a monopoly of the support of the peasant population. It was this notion that made them take the peasantry for granted. 3 1 Kazasov, Burni godini, p. 505. T H E NON-COMMUNIST SCENE 27 groupings. In February, 1924, under the leadership of Kosturkov, the bulk of the Radicals foUowed the example of Malinov's Democrats (from whom they had split in 1903) and went over to the opposition.

The precise size of the emigration remains uncertain. " Dur­ ing 1924-25, Bulgarian political exiles in the Soviet Union amounted to 17 percent of aU political exiles in the country, constituting in absolute terms the second largest contingent of poMcal exiles after the Poles. Some 1,000 Bulgarian exiles were processed in Odessa alone during a three-and-a-half-year period beginning early in 1924. A sum total of 2,000, and possibly as many as 3,000, Bulgarian exiles may reasonably be assumed to have found their way to the Soviet Union at one time or another during the interwar period.

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