By Yannis Sygkelos
'Nationalism from the Left' analyses the case of the BCP as a Marxist establishment which more and more followed and tailored nationalism; it contributes to the exam of the really underresearched box of communist nationwide propaganda, as basically within the final decade, have researchers develop into attracted to this subject. It explains the explanations for this and offers proof of the Party's nationalism throughout a few spheres of political lifestyles: household and overseas coverage, university textual content books, historiography, festivities and logos. hence, the Marxist nationalist discourse of the BCP used to be all-encompassing. not like many works on nationwide communist events, 'Nationalism from the Left' identifies many foreign parallels and provides an historic creation to the reconciliation of Marxism and nationalism.
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At the end of the First World War, militaristic nationalism, irredentism, expansionism, war and annexation experienced total failure. Nevertheless, this did not result in any loss of affection for the fatherland. The concept of ‘national disasters’, which would become central in the discourse of the BCP after the Second World War, became predominant. It implied the national/territorial contraction of Bulgaria, economic collapse, misery and poverty for the people, while castigating the warmonger policies of Czar Ferdinand in the Balkan Wars and the First World War.
3 Perry (1993); Crampton (1983): 129–150 passim. Blagoev sharply criticised the German Social-Democratic Party for having voted in favour of the war credits and for having involved the proletariat in the war, without consideration of the ‘international proletarian solidarity’; Blagoev, Magister Dixii (1915), in Blagoev (1976): 313. 5 Blagoev, Peace 1913, in Blagoev (1976): 295–298. 6 Blagoev, War against war 1912, in Blagoev (1976): 288–290. Kolarov underlined that the Bulgarian communists were “remaining true to [their] first stand against the war .
19 Within this framework, the communist parties were intent on being hailed as champions of—real or imagined—national minorities, thus incorporating liberation movements in order to exploit minority grievances. With regard to the Balkans, it was argued that a federation of the Balkan people or the South Slavs following the Soviet paradigm would bring about the national liberation of the Macedonians, 17 Shopov (1975) passim. Daskalov (2004): 15–16. 19 Theses on the National and Colonial Question Adopted by the Second Congress (July 1920), written by Lenin, in Degras (1971, vol.