Nikolai Vukov
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From the ‘thirst for change’ and ‘hunger for truth’ to a ‘revolution that hardly happened’
Public protests and reconstructions of the past in Bulgaria in the 1990s
in The 1989 Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe
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This chapter sheds light on a specific aspect of the political changes in Bulgaria, particularly the situation where a 'revolution' was the envisioned means of overturning communist rule. It explores the idea of 'revolutionary transformation' as expressed in public meetings and popular demonstrations in the 1990s. The chapter focuses on three events: Todor Zhivkov's removal from office on 10 November 1989, the arson attack on the Party House in the Bulgarian capital in August 1990, and the destruction of the mausoleum of Georgi Dimitrov in Sofia. It explores the notion of the 'un-happened' revolution in Bulgaria and the associated metaphors of a 'thirst for a change' and a 'hunger for truth. The chapter presents the overall discontent in Bulgaria with the course of the post-communist transition and the problematic memory about a decade that has gradually displaced the communist period as a realm of the 'recent past'.

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