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Американското признание за милосърдието на царица Елеонора - "коронованият ангел на България"
America's acknowledgement of the charity of Queen Eleonore, Bulgaria's 'royal nurse'

1914: the failed official visit of the Bulgarian Queen across the ocean

Author(s): Annie Zlateva
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, History, Cultural history, Comparative history, Diplomatic history, Economic history, Ethnohistory, History of ideas, Local History / Microhistory, Military history, Social history, Recent History (1900 till today), Special Historiographies:, Economic policy, International relations/trade, Military policy, Welfare systems, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919), Period(s) of Nation Building
Published by: Издателска къща "Гутенберг"
Keywords: Royalties; Bulgarian History; Queen Eleonore; Bulgarian philanthropy; Bulgarian politics; Diplomatic activities; Diplomatic history; America; American relations;
Summary/Abstract: The paper aims to acquaint the readers with the exceedingly active multifarious activity of Queen Eleonore in the field of charity and philanthropy in Bulgaria, naturally related to the political, cultural and economic life in the country in the first years of the 20-th century, marked as they were by the struggle for national unification. The subject is researched for the first time, mainly on the basis of Bulgarian sources and the till sparse contemporary studies dedicated directly to the life and work of Queen Eleonore in Bulgaria and Europe in the field of charity. For the first time, the paper follows the appearance of the new queen in Bulgaria's social, political and cultural sphere: it marks out the parameters of action in the organization of charity in this country, as well as the first more widely advertised Bulgarian efforts on the international field on the part of the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) and the 'Samaritan' society she founded, which also had supporters across the ocean. It also speaks of the participation of Queen Eleonore in organizing nursing activities in support of the army during the Balkan War in 1912-1913 and the opportunities she constantly sought and found to provide medical aid to the army and the front lines during the Second Balkan War and in the years of the Treaty of Bucharest, which was determental to the Bulgaria. Her preparations for the official visit across the ocean at the invitation of the United States government allows us to follow her extremely responsible attitude to this top-ranking diplomatic mission which she considered extremely important and which she undertook in the name of Bulgaria's welfare.