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The attitude of museums to socialism in the period of bulgarian transition to democracy

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Author(s): Ignatova, A. | Gancheva, I.

Journal: Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Braşov, Series VII : Social Sciences and Law
ISSN 2066-7701

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: history | museum | communism | socialism | Eastern Block.

ABSTRACT
The museum stands for a social and cultural testimonial depositof history, which is greatly influenced by the State policy of the country. During communism, throughout many countries of Eastern Europe, museums played an ideological part, enforcing the Marxist-Leninist dogma and the socialist lifestyle into the people’s minds. Nowadays, Bulgaria does not possess a socialism-profiled museum; however there are institutions,museums and temporary exhibitions, both State-owned and private, which display communist artifacts. The article herein sets off to describe them both in a few words and resorting to a few pictures. It also aims at emphasizingtheir role, which is to analytically and critically point to the past ideologies and events, to the past culture and civilization, in order to synthesize and build a glorious future.
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