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Пътепис на Михаил Чайка-Чайковски като документ за населението в Източна Македония
Travel Notes of Michal Czajka-Czajkowski as a Document for the Population in Eastern Macedonia

Author(s): Desislava-Devora Atanasova
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Ethnohistory, Modern Age, Special Historiographies:, 19th Century, Period(s) of Nation Building, The Ottoman Empire
Published by: Институт за исторически изследвания - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Michał Czajkowski; Sadyk Pasha; travel notes; Vardar Macedonia; Bulgarians; Poles

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with a little known in Bulgaria but reprinted in Europe text of the Polish émigré revolutionary Michał Czajka-Czajkowski (Sadyk Pasha) for his journey in 1861 in Eastern (Vardar) Macedonia, first published in the third edition of his novel Wernyhora, wieszcz ukraiński (1862). It contains travel notes about settlements of high significance for the Bulgarians, such as Enidzhe Vardar, Voden, Ostrov, Banitsa, Bitola, Prilep, Veles, from where Tchaikovsky continued his journey towards Skopje and Kosovo. This Balkan area with predominantly Bulgarian population is discussed by the active participant in the events on these lands in the second half of the 19th century amid a broad historical, political and cultural anthropological context. The narrative is accompanied by critical comments with references to European history and particularly to the history of the Poles. The politician in exile has managed to find parallels between the situation of the oppressed people in two empires – the Bulgarians who had lost their independence in the Ottoman Empire and his compatriots in the Russian Empire during the division of Poland between three countries.

  • Issue Year: 32/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 205-214
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian