Contradictions in Greek and Bulgarian historiography about the Greek ethnical presence in Bulgarian lands during the Bulgarian Renaissance Cover Image
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Противоречията в гръцката и българската историография по проблема за гръцкото етническо присъствие в българските земи през Възраждането
Contradictions in Greek and Bulgarian historiography about the Greek ethnical presence in Bulgarian lands during the Bulgarian Renaissance

Author(s): Shtelian Shterionov
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт за изследване на населението и човека - Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: In the present article, basing my arguments on the available historiographical material, the contradiction in Greek and Bulgarian historiography on the problem about the Greek ethnical presence in Bulgarian territories during the Renaissance is revealed. The syncretistic method of approach to the two historiographies allows coming up with the following conclusions: 1. A base of the contradiction between the two researched historiographies, during consideration the problem, is determined by the fact that in both of them the nationalistic assertions dominate. They origin together with the birth of modern historical researches in the relevant countries and the curve of their dynamics follows the alterations in the relations between the two countries. This condition is very logical, considering the fact that these tendencies right after their formation became official positions of the Bulgarian and Greek governments. And if in Bulgaria in the period after the 1944 the between-ethnical contradictions, in the spirit of proletariat internationalism are determined as a result only of the characteristic for the bourgeois government nationalism and that is why there were taken precautions not only for its abolition from the official country politic but there were attempts for overcoming the stored in this sphere negativism. In Greece its usage, even lowered, is carried out until the Cold War. 2. The inside contradiction, on the problem, in different historiographies is associated with the fact that parallel with the main tendency in them both a second one is developed – revealing the realistic Greek ethnical presence in Bulgarian territories during the Renaissance. Its incidence, significantly more limited than this of the previous thesis, actually appears to be the alternative of the positions, which are officially supported in Greece in almost the whole researched period, and in Bulgaria – until 1994. The attempt for transformation of the last mentioned thesis into element of Bulgarian national politic cannot reach to the declared effect. 3. The appearance of third kind of tendency regarding the researched problem is mainly an aspiration of some authors from both countries to avoid its setting and in this way to avert eventual contradiction. Despite, evading the answer of the problems, which are provoked by this tendency, not only did not solve them, but it leads to their immersion.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 98-122
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Bulgarian