Synopses & Reviews
Tracing the evolution of the Bulgarian state and its people, from the beginning of the Bulgarian national revival in the middle of the nineteenth century to the entry of the country into the European Union, Richard Crampton examines key political, social, and economic developments, revealing the history of a country which evolved from a backward and troublesome Balkan state to become a modern European nation.
Seeing the collapse as well as the establishment and evolution of communist rule, Bulgaria survived an often painful journey from monolithic authoritarianism to representative democracy and the market system. Crampton follows this journey, and analyses the development of Bulgaria's political culture, examining the emergence of radical movements, both agrarian and socialist, as well as looking at the role of religion and the position of minorities. Crampton highlights the problems and dilemmas created by the country's position situated between East and West, problems which might not be entirely solved by the country's admission to the EU.
"R.J. Crampton is the foremost English-language scholar in the field of Bulgarian history.... his book is undoubtedly an important addition to the Anglo-American literature on Bulgarian history. In fact, of all the books in this sparse field, I would say it is the most important volume to date."--Mary Neuburger, American Historical Review
"This comprehensive history of Bulgaria is excellent in every respect."--D. MacKenzie, Choice
Table of Contents
2. The Bulgarian National Renaissance; i. Introduction.
3. The Bulgarian National Renaissance; ii. The Cultural Revival and the Creation of the Modern Bulgarian State
4. The Turnovo Constitution and the Reign of Prince Alexander, 1878-86
5. Stefan Stambolov, Prince Ferdinand, and the Quest for Recognition, 1887-96
6. Prince Ferdinand's Personal Rule, 1896-1912
7. Bulgaria at war, 1912-1918
8. Between Two Wars, 1919-1941
9. Bulgaria and the Second World War, 1941-4
10. Social and Economic Factors, 1878-1944
11. The Communist Acquisition of Power, 1944-1948
12. The Communists in Power; i. The Rule of Terror, the Reign of Chervenkov, and the Rise of Todor Zhivkov, 1948-1965
13. The Communists in Power; ii. The Rule of Todor Zhivkov, 1965-1989
14. Post-Communist Bulgaria,1989-2005
15. The Minority and Demographic Questions
Epilogue: Bulgaria between East and West