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The Social History of Bulgaria

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Roumen Daskalov

This article provides an overview of the development of one particular subfield of history writing in Bulgaria, social history. It concentrates on the modern period, and delineated several stages in the evolution of the Bulgarian historiography, namely the National Revival under Ottoman rule, followed by the “bourgeois” epoch from the 1878 liberation to 1944, the communist regime, and the post-communist transformation until today. In the first part, the article presents several pre-communist antecedents of social history, explores the rise of professional historiography initially under Marxist auspices, and then explores attempts at historiographical revisions before and after 1989. In the second part, the article briefly presents the author’s own attempt to write social history along the lines of the German Gesellschaftsgeschichte and alternative approaches on social history and modernization.

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Edited by Roumen Daskalov and Diana Mishkova

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Edited by Roumen Daskalov and Diana Mishkova

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Edited by Roumen Daskalov and Alexander Vezenkov

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Roumen Daskalov and Alexander Vezenkov