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Plots and Predicates. A Case Study on Bulgarian History Textbooks

Author(s): Albena Hranova
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: historiography; textbooks; case study; major history plots; school curricula; canon

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with the problem how Bulgarian textbook historiography interpreted two major plots – the national Genesis and the margins of Greater Bulgaria in mediaeval times – in the course of more than twelve decades, since 1878 up to now. Being most rigid, textbook historiography is also most open to direct dictations of the state through the official school curricula, and the changes have always followed in a corresponding way the changing political conjunctures. The work follows the traces of three predicates – “conquer”, “unite”, and “liberate” – in the discourse embodiment of the two plots, and their changing constellations in the different political contexts. The “thick description” of the movements of the predicates and of their constellations reveals how the different political conjunctures are re-writing and replacing the leading plots, and their political identity-building power.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 21
  • Page Range: 275-289
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian