The Bulgarians in the Seventeenth Century: Slavic Orthodox Society and Culture Under Ottoman Rule

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Through Bulgarian and Ottoman documents, marginalia, travelers’ accounts, art, and numerous secondary documents, the seventeenth century—considered by historians, as the nadir of Bulgarian national history—is examined as to the question of the Slavic society’s continued existence despite centuries of foreign political, social and spiritual domination by the Ottoman Empire. The first part outlines the consequences for Bulgarian history of the Muslim Ottoman conquest. The second details the nature of the culture ...
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Overview

Through Bulgarian and Ottoman documents, marginalia, travelers’ accounts, art, and numerous secondary documents, the seventeenth century—considered by historians, as the nadir of Bulgarian national history—is examined as to the question of the Slavic society’s continued existence despite centuries of foreign political, social and spiritual domination by the Ottoman Empire. The first part outlines the consequences for Bulgarian history of the Muslim Ottoman conquest. The second details the nature of the culture and the forms of expression. The third part consists of an overview of documented seventeenth century Bulgarian Orthodox expression.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786493500
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tables
Author's Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration and Spelling
Abbreviations
Maps
Introduction 1
1 The Bulgarians in Seventeenth Century Ottoman Society
1 The Social Position of the Bulgarians 13
Demographic Overview 13
The Rural Situation: Common and Privileged Reaya 18
The Urban Situation: Artisans and Merchants 37
Social Institutions and Cultural Life 50
2 Threats to Bulgarian Orthodox Culture Posed by Ottoman Society 57
Conversions to Islam and Muslim Reaction 57
Greek Domination of the Orthodox Church Hierarchy 66
Roman Catholic Missionary Efforts 73
2 Seventeenth Century Bulgarian Orthodox Culture: Nature and Forms
3 Monasticism and the Cultural Role of Mount Athos 87
4 Slavic Education: The Foundation for Cultural Expression 99
5 The Forms of Orthodox Culture 109
Writing and Literature 109
Religious Art 127
3 Seventeenth Century Bulgarian Orthodox Culture: Expression
6 Major Centers of Orthodox Cultural Activity 143
Rila Monastery 143
Sofia 152
Etropole Monastery 165
Vratsa 174
Karlovo, Adzhar and Kuklen Monastery 178
Conclusions
Overview of Extant Evidence 183
General Summary 190
Appendix I: Glossary 201
Appendix II: Statistical Tables 207
Appendix III: Chronology 225
Notes 233
Bibliography 269
Index 299
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