Reshuffling Society

Reading the history of communism from below opens prospects not only to individual life trajectories but sheds light on collective phenomena and links historical narratives with sociological insights.

Pages on Social History of Communist Bulgaria

Studies on the 80th Anniversary of Prof. Ivaylo Znepolski

Editor: Michail Gruev

Published by the Institute for Studies of the Recent Past with the financial support of America for Bulgaria Foundation.

Sofia 2021

ISBN: 978-954-28-3701-5

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This is My Past, vol. 4

After 1st and 2nd volume of these mini series published in 2010 the third one came in 2015. Now we present the forth collection of biography writings, rare documents and personal diaries.

Testimonies, Diaries, Documents (1944 – 1989)

Editors: Michail Gruev, Dimiter Dimov

Published by the Institute for Studies of the Recent Past and Ciela with the financial assistance of America for Bulgaria Foundation

Sofia 2021

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ISBN: 978-954-28-3702-2

Economic Prosperity and Modernization under the Royal Regime in Bulgaria

The book rests on plethora of personal testimonies and archival documents recovered by the author and her colleagues Daniela Koleva under a common field work aiming at the reconstruction of Alexander Tenev’s (1881 – 1950) rich life course – wealthy peasant involved also in trade and bank investments.

The Case of Alexander Tenev

Author: Galina Goncharova

Published by the Institute for Studies of the Recent Past and Ciela Publishers.

Sofia 2021

ISBN: 978-954-28-3415-1

Памет и справедливост

Тази книга има за обект паметта за комунистическото минало: “официалната” памет, създавана от институциите; публичната, моделирана в медии, ритуали, филми и книги, градска среда и пр. и всекидневната, или “вернакуларна” (vernacular) памет.

Лични спомени и публични разкази за комунизма

Автор: Даниела Колева

Издание на Институт за изследване на близкото минало и Издателство „Сиела“.
София 2020

ISBN: 978-954-28-3219-5

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Communism, Science and the University

The book explores the intellectual history of Bulgaria between the 1960s and the 1980s at the intersections of the country’s social and political history. Based on case studies, the research delves into three areas: the control and pressure mechanisms used on science and the university; the clash of ideas while performing the formal and hidden functions of academia in a communist regime setting; the processes whereby research and academia acquire a relative autonomy and alternative academic communities are being formed amidst the eroding ideological legitimacy of the regime.

Towards a Theory of Detotalitarianisation

By Ivaylo Znepolski
First Published 2020

ISBN 9780367895686
Published April 16, 2020 by Routledge
330 Pages

Book Description

The book explores the intellectual history of Bulgaria between the 1960s and the 1980s at the intersections of the country’s social and political history. Based on case studies, the research delves into three areas: the control and pressure mechanisms used on science and the university; the clash of ideas while performing the formal and hidden functions of academia in a communist regime setting; the processes whereby research and academia acquire a relative autonomy and alternative academic communities are being formed amidst the eroding ideological legitimacy of the regime.

Centred on the concept of the “incident”, this setup allowed us to eschew the narratives around the role of the dissidents or “freedom as a gift” and interpret society’s transformation as the outcome of intersecting and overlaying sectoral events, which gathered strength down the years and lay the ground for the eruption labelled here as the “Big Event of 1989”.

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Semiotics as Critique of Culture. Barthes, Lotman, Eco

Текстовете се публикуват такива, каквито са били – свидетелство за това как съм възприемал и оценявал идеите им по онова време, но също така и за границите на възможното говорене.

Author: Ivaylo Znepolski

Published in Bulgarian by the Institute for Studies of the Recent Past and „Ciela“.
Sofia 2019

ISBN: 978-954-28-2882-2

Bulgaria under Communism

Authors: Ivaylo Znepolski, Mihail Gruev, Momtchil Metodiev, Martin Ivanov, Daniel Vatchkov, Ivan Elenkov, Plamen Doynov

Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.

The book traces the history of communist Bulgaria from 1944 to 1989. A detailed narrative-cum-study of the history of a political system, it provides a chronological overview of the building of the socialist state from the ground up, its entrenchment into the peaceful routine of everyday life, its inner crises, and its gradual decline and self-destruction. The book is the definitive and the most complete guide to Bulgaria under communism and how the communist system operates on a day-to-day level.

Additional information about the volume can be found on Routledge web-page along with the full contents and excerpts of the Introduction and the first chapter.

The Political Rationale of Socialist Consumerism

Author: Martin Dimitrov

Published by the Institute for Studies of the Recent Past and Ciela.
Sofia 2018

ISBN: 978-954-28-26-231

This book has been published with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation.

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