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Other titles in the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series:
The History of Bulgaria (Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)by Frederick B. Chary
Synopses & Reviews
Now an Eastern European leader in the fields of science and technology, a nation with impressive renewable energy production capabilities and an extensive communication infrastructure, as well as a top exporter of minerals and metals, Bulgaria has grown both economically and politically over the past two decades.
The History of Bulgaria examines the country's development, describing its cultural, political, and social history and development over 13 centuries. The modern era is particularly emphasized, including Bulgaria's role in World War II, the long tenure of Communist leader Todor Zhivkov, the role of Aleksandur Stamboliiski and the Bulgarian Agrarian National Union, and the myriad changes in Bulgaria's post-Communist period. The author also highlights significant individuals in Bulgarian history, such as Dimitur Peshev, the Deputy Speaker whose actions saved 50,000 Jews from the Holocaust.
Book News Annotation:
Part of a series that aims to provide comprehensive histories of modern nations with an emphasis on political and social history of the last forty years, this volume provides a survey of Bulgarian history from the roots of the first Bulgarian empire before the common era to the present. The book focuses on the rich political history of the nation including discussions of the two Bulgarian empires, the modern Bulgarian state in the nineteenth century, the Balkan Wars, political drama and World War II, communism and modern Bulgaria since 1990. The work includes several maps, a time line of important events and a demographic overview of the country. Chary is professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Northwest. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This comprehensive overview of the history of Bulgaria covers events in this important Balkan nation from its 9th-century origins in the first Bulgarian Empire through the present day.
• Covers 13 centuries of Bulgarian history in a manner comprehensive enough for scholars while remaining accessible to high school students and general readers
• Discusses the role of American journalists and teachers in the liberation of Bulgaria
• Thoroughly examines the role of Bulgaria in World War II and addresses the survival of the entire Jewish community
• Analyzes the 35-year-long career of Bulgarian ruler Todor Zhivkov, an important yet mostly unknown Communist leader
• Provides a detailed chronology of major events from medieval times to the present
• Includes a bibliographical essay of major reference works in English
• Supplies an extensive glossary of Bulgarian words and other related terms such as cheta, Bogomil, and April Plenum
• Contains a list of notable persons in Bulgarian history such as Khan Asparuch, Aleksandur Stamboliiski, and King Boris III
A royal dictatorship allied with Hitler during World War II, a Communist state aligned with the Eastern Bloc afterward, and now a parliamentary democracy with a capitalist economy, Bulgaria has experienced great change in just the last 70 years. Today a modern and developed nation, Bulgaria's culture is still rooted in its rich 1,300-year history.
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