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Between Two MotherlandsNationality and Emigration among the Greeks of Bulgaria, 1900-1949$
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Theodora Dragostinova

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449451

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449451.001.0001

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The Mixing and Unmixing of Bulgarians and Greeks

The Mixing and Unmixing of Bulgarians and Greeks

(p.17) 1 The Mixing and Unmixing of Bulgarians and Greeks
Between Two Motherlands

Theodora Dragostinova

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies Father Paisiĭ of Hilendar's The Slavic-Bulgarian History of the Bulgarian People, Kings, and Saints. The book contained many ideas that shaped the development of Bulgarian nationalism, which became the mantra of nineteenth-century intellectuals who taught Bulgarian history. For instance, when explaining the demise of the medieval Bulgarian kingdoms, it blamed the “Greek,” or Byzantine, rulers who had pitted Turks against Bulgarians. It also equated the Byzantines from medieval times with the contemporary Greeks, branding the two as cunning, disloyal, and distrustful. Thus, the Slavic-Bulgarian History had created a tenacious image of the Greek spiritual “yoke” that hindered the Bulgarian emancipation from the political “yoke” of the Ottoman Turks.

Keywords:   Father Paisiĭ, Slavic-Bulgarian History, Bulgarian nationalism, Bulgarian history, Bulgarian kingdoms, Greek, Byzantine, Turks

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