The Communist Nuclear Era: Bulgarian Atomic Community during the Cold War, 1944-1986

The Communist Nuclear Era explores the development of the Bulgarian nuclear power system in the context of its transnational nuclear connection within the Soviet bloc. It argues that, despite the coercive techno-politics of the Soviet Union, scientists, engineers, and experts have created room to maneuver and build transnational connections.

This book traces the construction of an East European and Bulgarian nuclear science infrastructure that paved the way for Eastern Europe’s later transition to nuclear power. It also analyzes this transition to nuclear power. It also analyzes this transition and the development of a mature nuclear power network, as well as its decline in the late 1980s. The book examines the role of communist political environment and various actors involved in creating the nuclear systems. These actors were not only nation state governments and international organizations that had techno-political agendas, but also political, economic, scientific and technological groups within the communist state. Their perpetual interactions and conflicts ultimately shaped a large nuclear technical system within and beyond the Soviet bloc.

Ivaylo Hristov
Amsterdam University Press
978 90 8964 653 8