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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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(p.249) Epilogue
Between Two Motherlands

Theodora Dragostinova

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter demonstrates how the developments in the 1940s—which were marked by the new confrontation of Bulgaria and Greece in World War II, and the ideological rift brought on by the emerging Cold War—resulted in the continued adaptation and assimilation of the Bulgarian Greeks into both countries. In Bulgaria, the Greeks remained an “invisible minority” that strategically hid their nationality and avoided the public, due to Bulgaria and Greece's siding with opposing military coalitions during World War II. Meanwhile, in Greece, the population was considered as a vested interest group with discreet demands during emergency situations arising out of the wartime occupation and the civil war.

Keywords:   Bulgaria, Greece, World War II, ideological rift, Cold War, Bulgarian Greeks, invisible minority, vested interest group

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