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A Concise History of Bulgaria
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  • 40 b/w illus. 14 maps
  • Page extent: 277 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.514 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 949.77
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: DR67 .C72 1997
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Bulgaria--History

Library of Congress Record

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521561839 | ISBN-10: 0521561833)

This book provides a general introduction to the history of Bulgaria and the Bulgarians. The text and illustrations trace the rich and dramatic story from the days when Bulgaria was the centre of a powerful medieval empire, through the long centuries of Ottoman rule, to the cultural renaissance of the nineteenth century and the political upheavals of our own century. Independence, when achieved, posed its own problems. The most persistent - that of the frontiers and territorial dissatisfaction - led Bulgaria into three wars during the twentieth century. In all three Bulgaria emerged as a loser, yet war did not always bring dishonour: for example, Bulgaria managed to save its Jews from deportation to the gas chambers during the second world war. Communist domination seemed to merge Bulgaria into the Soviet orbit but, as the post-communist years have shown, Bulgaria and the Bulgarians have a sturdy sense of national pride and identity.

• The only introduction to the history of Bulgaria available in English • Fully illustrated with useful maps and many unusual text illustrations • Crampton is the leading western authority on the history of the Bulgarian region

Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; 1. The Bulgarian lands from pre-history to the arrival of the Bulgarians; 2. Medieval Bulgaria, 681–1393; 3. Ottoman rule in the Bulgarian lands; 4. The national revival and the liberation; 5. The consolidation of the Bulgarian state, 1878–1896; 6. Ferdinand's personal rule, 1896–1918; 7. Bulgaria, 1918–1944; 8. Bulgaria under communist rule, 1944–1989; 8. Post-communist Bulgaria; Conclusion; Appendices; Suggestions for further reading.

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