Lyudmila Zhivkova and the Paradox of Ideology and Identity in Communist Bulgaria

  title={Lyudmila Zhivkova and the Paradox of Ideology and Identity in Communist Bulgaria},
  author={I. Atanasova},
  journal={East European Politics \& Societies},
  pages={278 - 315}
  • I. Atanasova
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • East European Politics & Societies
This article argues that Lyudmila Zhivkova is the most controversial political figure in Communist Bulgaria. Zhivkova’s ideas and initiatives that have been overlooked so far are used as a background for exploring a significant conflict between ideology and national identity in modern Bulgarian history. After outlining briefly Zhivkova’s early and unexpected death, the author analyzes the Communist paradoxes of utopia, modernization, and return to feudalism that produced the idiosyncratic… Expand


See also Plamen S. Tsvetkov, Bulgariya i Balkanite ot drevnostta do nashi dni
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