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An “Imagined” Account of Bulgaria’s History

Author(s): Nadia Danova
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN

Summary/Abstract: An account of Bulgaria’s history is here introduced classed as an “imagined text” which was in all probability the brainchild of Konstantin Fotinov (1785-1858). Evidence for the project for such a text has been garnered from material in the Fotinov archive, e.g. his correspondence, and the title of a manuscript which has by now disappeared: A Look At the Origins of the Bulgarians and the Beginning of Bulgarian History as well as excerpts from works by various writers who are still the staple of studies on the Middle Ages in Bulgaria, such as Ioan Zonara, Procopius of Kesaria, Nikita Choniat, Georgi Acropolit, Georgi Kedrin and others. These, and Fotinov’s published works, provide a groundwork for reconstructing the content, the fundamental concepts and methodology of this “History”. The hypothesis for the presumed existence of the draft calls forth some thoughts on the role of historical studies in the emergence of the Bulgarian national identity.

  • Issue Year: 2000
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 12-17
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian