Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Crampton, in A Concise History of Bulgaria has produced a valuable introduction to the history of the Bulgarian people and their state....R.J. Crampton's A Concise History of Bulgaria is the best short treatment of the history of Bulgaria currently available." James R. Payton, Jr., Canadian Journal of History
'A concise, illustrated history of Bulgaria from medieval times to the present day.'
A concise, illustrated history of Bulgaria from medieval times to the present day.
'For the increasing number of western travellers who visit Bulgaria either on holiday or on business, this is the ideal introduction to the country\'s fascinating past. The rich and dramatic story of the Bulgarians is traced from medieval times through Ottoman rule and the cultural flowering of the nineteenth century to the turbulent years of the twentieth century.\n
Includes bibliographical references (p. -251) and index.
Table of 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.