Bulgaria – Moscow’s Loyal Friend in the Early Cold War Years: A View from the "Other Side"

By Penka Peeva.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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A few years after World War II Bulgaria fell under communist rule as a single party state. Her loyalty to Moscow was unconditional and the United States failed to support the democratic opposition there. And yet, although she never was an object of bargain between the USSR and the USA, the United States never stopped pursuing its interests there. The purpose of this case study is to explore the view of Bulgaria from ‘the other side’, namely the place of Bulgaria in the American political planning in the early Cold war years. For this purpose a set of diplomatic papers, archival documents, primary and secondary sources were used and analyzed in order to reveal the details of the US conduct and approaches to the Soviet satellite. The results of this research show to what extend the American politics concerning Bulgaria challenged the Soviet interests and became a source of tension.

Keywords: Cold War Origins, Bulgaria, United States of America

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2014, pp.57-67. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 14, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 368.431KB)).

Dr. Penka Peeva

Associate Professor, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Assen Zlatarov University, Burgas, Bulgaria

Associate Professor in Assen Zlatarov University – Burgas, Bulgaria, a lecturer in Modern and Contemporary History. Her current research work is on 20th century Europe – political, economic and diplomatic history with more than 50 publications on this matter. Recent book (in Bulgarian): Aizenhauer, studenata voina i mirnata alternativa (Eisenhower, Cold war and Peace Alternative), 2009.