Carrying mortal remains of Georgi S. Rakovski from Bucharest to Sofia in 1885 - the beginning of the creation of the national pantheon Cover Image
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Пренасянето на тленните останки на Г. С. Раковски от Букурещ в София през 1885 г. – Към началото на създаването на националния пантеон
Carrying mortal remains of Georgi S. Rakovski from Bucharest to Sofia in 1885 - the beginning of the creation of the national pantheon

Author(s): Keta Mircheva
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Period(s) of Nation Building
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Georgi С. Rakovski; Commemoration ceremonies; Nation-building

Summary/Abstract: Eight years after his death in Bucharest (1867), the bones of the Bulgarian national revolutionary Georgi С. Rakovski were carried to Sofia the capital of the young Bulgarian Principality. Started as a private Initiative of the Volunteer's association in Rousse the event grew into a national hero's commemoration. The commemoration ceremonies include the Prince, ministers, MPs, the army, municipal authorities, craft organizations, teachers, and pupils. Despite the attempts of the ruling Liberal Party and their political opponents to use the event for narrow party goals, no one calls into question the need to pay tribute to the hero. The article tracks how this event contributes to the invention of a nationalistic public tradition and the creation of a new patriotic discourse in the process of nation-building.

  • Issue Year: 61/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 51-67
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian