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A Concise History of Bulgaria (Cambridge Concise Histories)

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Providing a general introduction to the history of Bulgaria and the Bulgarians, this text traces the story from the days when Bulgaria was the centre of a powerful mediaeval empire, through the long centuries of Ottoman rule, to the cultural renaissance of the 19th century and the political upheavals of the 20th century. Independence, when achieved, posed its own problems. ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published January 28th 1997 by Cambridge University Press
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Don't really understand all the bad reviews for this one, but it is a very interesting read. Obviously something a bit too simplistic about events, but that why it's a 'concise history'. Anyway, what to catch up on your Bulgarian knowledge? This is a good start!
Zen Cho
Read before/during trip to Bulgaria. Useful introduction to Bulgarian history, written in a transparent style. I kind of lost interest with all the political stuff -- X trying to get rid of Y, and parties A, B, C and their struggles -- but you did kind of have to know it to make sense of the history, I guess. Anyway, definitely helped give me an idea of what had been going on in the region, and it was a lot less dry than I thought it would be.
Geoffrey Rose
The version I read was updated about 6 or 7 years ago.

A decent if dry political history of Bulgaria for the general reader. I would have liked more on social or cultural topics but alas that wasn't the author's mission here.

Recommended but it's not exactly a riveting read. Just the facts in a straightforward and coherent narrative.
Drudging at certain points, but quite informative. This book accomplishes exactly what it's meant to accomplish: Provide a concise history of the country.
Jason Islas
Dry but full of delicious, delicious facts.
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