Richard Crampton's unique study traces the development of the Bulgarian people and their state from the beginning of a national revival in the nineteenth century to entry into the EU. Examining Bulgaria's problematic position between East and West, the book questions how much becoming part of the EU will solve its dilemmas.
Preface; Prologue; 1. Origins; 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 V?lko 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