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By Theodora Dragostinova

ISBN-10: 0801449456

ISBN-13: 9780801449451

In 1900, a few 100,000 humans dwelling in Bulgaria—2 percentage of the country’s population—could be defined as Greek, even if through nationality, language, or faith. The advanced identities of the population—proud heirs of old Hellenic colonists, dependable electorate in their Bulgarian place of origin, individuals of a much broader Greek diasporic group, religious fans of the Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul, and reluctant supporters of the Greek executive in Athens—became entangled within the starting to be nationwide tensions among Bulgaria and Greece throughout the first 1/2 the 20 th century. In among Motherlands, Theodora Dragostinova explores the moving allegiances of this Greek minority in Bulgaria. different social teams contested the which means of the state, shaping and reshaping what it intended to be Greek and Bulgarian through the sluggish and painful transition from empire to geographical regions within the Balkans. In those many years, the quarter was once racked through a sequence of upheavals (the Balkan Wars, international conflict I, interwar inhabitants exchanges, global struggle II, and Communist revolutions). The Bulgarian Greeks have been stuck among the competing agendas of 2 states more and more bent on setting up nationwide homogeneity. in keeping with broad study within the files of Bulgaria and Greece, in addition to fieldwork within the nations, Dragostinova exhibits that the Greek inhabitants didn't blindly keep on with Greek nationalist leaders yet was once torn among identity with the land in their start and loyalty to the Greek reason. Many emigrated to Greece in line with nationalist pressures; others sought to keep up their Greek id and traditions inside Bulgaria; a few even switched facets while it perfect their own pursuits. nationwide loyalties remained fluid regardless of nation efforts to mend ethnic and political borders via such potential as inhabitants events, minority treaties, and stringent citizenship ideas. the teachings of a case corresponding to this proceed to reverberate at any place and at any time when states attempt to regulate nationwide borders in areas lengthy inhabited through combined populations.

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