Dr Vesselin Dimitrov

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Associate Professor (Reader) in Eastern European Politics

Email: v.t.dimitrov@lse.ac.uk 
Office: CON 3.06, Connaught House
Office Hours: Wednesdays 14:00 - 16:00 (drop in)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7173

Biography


Dr Vesselin Dimitrov is Associate Professor (Reader) in Eastern European Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV264: Politics and Institutions in Europe
  • GV245: Democracy and Democratisation
  • GV439: Government and Politics in Eastern Europe
  • GV4B9: The Second Europe

Research Interests


  • Central and Eastern Europe: Government and Politics
  • Cold War
  • Communism
  • Democratisation
  • European Union

Current Research Students


Clara Volintiru

Featured Book


StalinsColdWarStalin's Cold War (Palgrave, 2008)

Dr. Vesselin Dimitrov’s book, Stalin’s Cold War, won the 2008 Alexander Nove Prize for the best book in Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet studies. The Nove Prize, awarded by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, is the most prestigious prize in this field and has been conferred on scholars such as Archie Brown, Geoffrey Hosking and Stephen White.

Dr Dimitrov’s book provides a ground breaking analysis of the emergence of the Cold War and the establishment of communism in Eastern Europe from the perspective of the Soviet Union's secretive leader. Drawing on rich new evidence from Soviet, East European and British archives, the book offers fresh and illuminating insights into the evolution of Stalin's strategy from cooperation with the United States and Britain during the Second World War to ideological and geopolitical confrontation. The book reveals Stalin's efforts to grapple with the dynamic interaction between democratic and communist parties in the domestic politics of European countries in the aftermath of the Second World War, and his key role in the gradual but inexorable shift towards communist monopoly of power in the countries of Eastern Europe.

Publications


The Central and East European countries: from weak latecomers to good citizens of the Union
Dimitrov, Vesselin (2012) The Central and East European countries: from weak latecomers to good citizens of the Union. In: Hayward, Jack and Wurzel, Rüdiger K.W., (eds.) European Disunion: Between Sovereignty and Solidarity. Palgrave studies in European Union politics. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230367739

Stalin's Cold War : Soviet foreign policy, democracy and communism in Bulgaria, 1941-48
Dimitrov, Vesselin (2007) Stalin's Cold War : Soviet foreign policy, democracy and communism in Bulgaria, 1941-48. Global conflict and security since 1945 . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke ; New York. ISBN 9780230521384

Czech Republic: a core neglected
Dimitrov, Vesselin and Zubek, Radoslaw (2006) Czech Republic: a core neglected. In: Dimitrov, Vesselin, Goetz, Klaus H. and Wollman, Hellmut, (eds.) Governing After Communism: Institutions and Policymaking. Governance in Europe. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, USA, pp. 129-158. ISBN 9780742540088

EMU and fiscal policy
Dimitrov, Vesselin (2006) EMU and fiscal policy. In: Dyson, Kenneth, (ed.) Enlarging the Euro Area: External Empowerment and Domestic Transformation in East Central Europe. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK; New York, USA, pp. 261-278. ISBN 9780199277674

From laggard to pace-setter: Bulgaria's road to EMU
Dimitrov, Vesselin (2006) From laggard to pace-setter: Bulgaria's road to EMU. In: Dyson, Kenneth, (ed.) Enlarging the Euro Area: External Empowerment and Domestic Transformation in East Central Europe. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK; New York, USA, pp. 145-159. ISBN 9780199277674

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