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.
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R. J. Crampton is a Professor of East European History and Fellow at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.Review:
This will remain the authoritative book on modern Bulgarian history in English * Roumen Daskalov, English Historical Review * Crampton[s]...book presents an extremely knowledgeable, cognet and discerning rendition of its controversial topic...well researched and dedicated inquiry...highly readable and captivating...the definitive account of Bulgarian history. * Emilian Kavalski, *
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