The History of Bulgaria

by Frederick B. Chary


A royal dictatorship allied with Hitler during World War II, a Communist state aligned with the Eastern Bloc afterward, and now a parliamentary democracy with a capitalist economy, Bulgaria has experienced great change in just the last 70 years. Today a modern and developed nation, Bulgaria's culture is still rooted in its rich 1,300-year history.

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February 2011


Pages 210
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics World History/Politics and Government

This comprehensive overview of the history of Bulgaria covers events in this important Balkan nation from its 9th-century origins in the first Bulgarian Empire through the present day.

Now an Eastern European leader in the fields of science and technology, a nation with impressive renewable energy production capabilities and an extensive communication infrastructure, as well as a top exporter of minerals and metals, Bulgaria has grown both economically and politically over the past two decades.

The History of Bulgaria examines the country's development, describing its cultural, political, and social history and development over 13 centuries. The modern era is particularly emphasized, including Bulgaria's role in World War II, the long tenure of Communist leader Todor Zhivkov, the role of Aleksandur Stamboliiski and the Bulgarian Agrarian National Union, and the myriad changes in Bulgaria's post-Communist period. The author also highlights significant individuals in Bulgarian history, such as Dimitur Peshev, the Deputy Speaker whose actions saved 50,000 Jews from the Holocaust.


  • Provides a detailed chronology of major events from medieval times to the present
  • Includes a bibliographical essay of major reference works in English
  • Supplies an extensive glossary of Bulgarian words and other related terms such as cheta, Bogomil, and April Plenum
  • Contains a list of notable persons in Bulgarian history such as Khan Asparuch, Aleksandur Stamboliiski, and King Boris III


  • Covers 13 centuries of Bulgarian history in a manner comprehensive enough for scholars while remaining accessible to high school students and general readers
  • Discusses the role of American journalists and teachers in the liberation of Bulgaria
  • Thoroughly examines the role of Bulgaria in World War II and addresses the survival of the entire Jewish community
  • Analyzes the 35-year-long career of Bulgarian ruler Todor Zhivkov, an important yet mostly unknown Communist leader
Series Description

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world's nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation's long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
Author Info

Frederick B. Chary, PhD, is professor emeritus at Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN. His published works include The Bulgarian Jews and the Final Solution, 1940-1944. Chary is former president of the North American Bulgarian Studies Association.

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