Преплетените пътища на културно взаимодействие на Балканите: "Пътеказател за България" в писмовника на Христаки Павлович от 1835 г.
Entangled ways of cultural interactions in the Balkans: “Patekazatel za Balgaria” in the letter-writing manual by Hristaki Pavlovich from 1835
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature, 19th Century
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: entangled histories; letters; textbooks; tatars; trade; roads; steamships; Ottoman empire; Bulgaria;
Summary/Abstract: The paper presents early examples of cultural entanglement between intellectuals and merchants exhibited in a textbook, designed as a letter-writing manual. It is written in 1835 by the Bulgarian scholar Hristaki Pavlovich. The unique characteristic of this book is the integration of part, dedicated to a the schedule of the post service that existed in its premodern way across the Ottoman lands – calculated in hours and provided by horsemen, the so called “tatars”. The most probable source for this useful schedule is a Greek book of road schedules, yet in the Bulgarian textbook the schedules are adapted skillfully to become intelligible for the Bulgarian readers. Besides the cuts in the road trajectories and the change of recognizable topoi, the most interesting feature of this fragment is that it mentions “Bulgaria” as a unifying framework for all road schedules. In my opinion both the letter-writing manual and its road schedule present an early case of development of awareness of the need of adaptation of already existing concepts and useful books to the newly born communal needs of the Bulgarians.
- Issue Year: 2/2016
- Issue No: 2 (4)
- Page Range: 12-29
- Page Count: 12
- Language: Bulgarian