1. The Bulgarian lands from pre-history to the arrival of the Bulgarians; 2. Mediaeval Bulgaria, 681-1393; 3. Ottoman rule in the Bulgarian lands; 4. The national revival and the liberation; 5. The consolidation of the Bulgarian state, 1878-96; 6. Ferdinand's personal rule, 1896-1918; 7. Bulgaria 1918-44; 8. Bulgaria under communist rule, 1944-89; 9. Post-communist Bulgaria.
A Concise History of Bulgaria / Edition 2by R. J. Crampton
Pub. Date: 11/24/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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. The story is told in straightforward, non-academic style, and is the only compact, illustrated history of Bulgaria in the English language.
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I read before traveling to Bulgaria to do a grad level social assessment in Bulgaria. Felt better prepared to understand the culture and governmental processes after reading it.