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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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Between the Bulgarian State and the Greek Nation, 1900–1911

Between the Bulgarian State and the Greek Nation, 1900–1911

(p.35) 2 Between the Bulgarian State and the Greek Nation, 1900–1911
Between Two Motherlands

Theodora Dragostinova

Cornell University Press

This chapter narrates the case of an author named Popov, a Greek originally from Anhialo/Anchialos in Bulgaria, who renounced his Greek identity after seeing “financial and moral corruption” in Greece. The Popov noted that the way of living in the country did not match the official Greek propaganda that had lured him to emigrate. He argued that Greeks who lived in the Principality of Bulgaria had preserved the genuine Hellenic culture, while asserting that the Greeks in the Kingdom of Greece constituted “false Greeks.” His statements revealed multiple and unfixed identifications, referring to a variety of historical circumstances throughout the centuries, as well as situating the Bulgarian Greeks in a diverse, multiethnic Black Sea culture.

Keywords:   Anchialos, Bulgaria, Greek identity, Greek propaganda, Hellenic culture, Bulgarian Greeks

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