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In The Cold War from the Margins, Theodora K. Dragostinova reappraises the global 1970s from the perspective of a small socialist state—Bulgaria—and its cultural engagements with the Balkans, the West, and the Third World. During this anxious decade, Bulgaria's communist leadership invested heavily in cultural diplomacy to bolster its legitimacy at home and promote its agendas abroad. Bulgarians traveled the world to open museum exhibitions, show films, perform music, and showcase the cultural heritage and future aspirations of their "ancient yet modern" country.

As Dragostinova shows, these encounters transcended the Cold War's bloc mentality: Bulgaria's relations with Greece and Austria warmed, émigrés once considered enemies were embraced, and new cultural ties were forged with India, Mexico, and Nigeria. Pursuing contact with the West and solidarity with the Global South boosted Bulgaria's authoritarian regime by securing new allies and unifying its population. Complicating familiar narratives of both the 1970s and late socialism, The Cold War from the Margins places the history of socialism in an international context and recovers alternative models of global interconnectivity along East-South lines.

Thanks to generous funding from The Ohio State University Libraries and its participation in TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open (cornellopen.org) and other repositories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Dedication
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Preface
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  1. List of Abbreviations
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  1. Note on Terminology
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  1. Introduction: Bulgaria on the Global Cultural Scene of the 1970s
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  1. 1. The Contradictions of Developed Socialism
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  1. 2. Goodwill between Neighbors
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  1. 3. Culture as a Way of Life
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  1. 4. Forging a Diaspora
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  1. 5. Like a Grand World Civilization
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  1. 6. Culture under Special Conditions
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  1. Epilogue: The Socialist Past Today
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Copyright
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501755569
Related ISBN
9781501755552
MARC Record
OCLC
1183400258
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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