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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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Narratives and Memories of the Past

Narratives and Memories of the Past

(p.217) 7 Narratives and Memories of the Past
Between Two Motherlands

Theodora Dragostinova

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents the life of Kosmas Mirtilos Apostolidis—a Greek historian from Bulgaria who wrote extensively about the Bulgarian Greeks and their communities. Despite the national mission of the writer, Apostolidis' life demonstrates the conflict between public manifestations of national loyalty and private uncertainties regarding one's allegiances. Born in Plovdiv/Philippoupolis in 1870, Apostolidis worked as a teacher of the Greek language and history in his native town. In 1919, after the death of his wife, the historian, who had considered himself a Greek patriot, returned to Bulgaria. The remainder of Apostolidis' story shows that he was a complex figure: a loyal Greek nationalist and a devoted lover of the Bulgarian lifestyle who deeply hated Bulgarian chauvinism but gratefully acknowledged Bulgarian generosity.

Keywords:   Kosmas Mirtilos Apostolidis, Greek historian, Plovdiv, Greek nationalist, Bulgarian chauvinism, Bulgarian generosity

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