Bulgaria - a country with millenium history and heritage




           
Bulgaria has a rich and interesting history and many archaeological findings, some of them - with world sagnificance.

- Who are the ancient Thracians?
- Which are the great rullers of this ancient country?
- Why one of the greates countries for its time fell under Bizantium slavery?
- How did the Bulgarians establish the second Bulgarian kingdom?
- How it is possible a nation to survive under Turkish rule for 5 centuries?
Answers to these and many other interesting questions about Bulgaria you will find in the selection of books about Bulgaria below!


| Books in Bulgarian
| - History, politics, sociology
| Books in Bulgarian and English
| - Encyclopedias
| - History, politics, sociology
| - Ethnology, Ethnography, Archaeology, Art and Culture
| Books in English
| - History, politics, sociology
| - Ethnology, Ethnography, Archaeology, Art and Culture


B O O K S  I N  B U L G A R I A N
H i s t o r y , p o l i t i c s , s o c i o l o g y

ID: 000074
Author: Co.
Title:    Istoriia na bulgarite ot drevnostta do kraia na 16ti vek. Vol. 1.
Publisher: Znanie & Trud
Year of publication: 2003
Cover: hard cover, big size

This is volume 1 from a set of 6 volumes. This one of the most remarkable edition in the area of the Bulgarian history. It covers the period from the antiquity to the end of 16th century. Highly competent Bulgarian historians represent adequate explanations in the context of the present day. The book describes the development of the Bulgarians in their political, military, diplomatic, cultural and economic life.

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ID: 001417
Author: Co.
Title:    Istoriia na bulgarite. Kusno srednovekovie i Vuzrazhdane
Publisher: Trud
Year of publication: 2004
Cover: hard cover, big size

This is volume 2 from a set including 8 volumes "Istoriia na bulgarite". The present book covers the Bulgarian history from 17th century to the Liberation of Bulgaria from Turkish slavery in 1878. The examined historical epoch is one of the hardest for the Bulgarian people, but at that time the Bulgarian history met some of the greatest personalities of the Bulgarian nation. The authors presents this period with the newest achievements of the history for that time. They presents a careful study of the economic, demographic, social, cultural, political and religious problems as well as they pay special attention to the combat training and the realization of the revolutionary fight of the Bulgarian nation for liberation.

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ID: 006107
Author: Co.
Title:    Istoriia na Bulgarite: Ot Osvobozhdenieto (1878) do kraia na Studenata voina (1989)
Publisher: Trud
Year of publication: 2009
Cover: hard cover, big size

This is the third volume of the set of 8 volumes "Istoriia na Bulgarite" (History of the Bulgarians). In this volume the authors presents the newest achievements about the history of Bulgaria from its Liberation from Turkish slavery in 1878 to the end of the Cold War - 1898. Special attention is paid to the Liberation of Kingdom Bulgaria with Eastern Rumelia, the victory in the Serbian-Bulgarian war in 1885. The authors presents contemporary points of view about the period between the two World Wars (from 1912 to 1944) as well as about the period of communist rule in Bulgaria (from 1944 to 1989).

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ID: 000629
Author: Co.
Title:    Istoriia na bulgarite. Bulgarskata diplomatsiia ot drevnostta do nashi dni.
Publisher: Trud
Year of publication: 2003
Cover: hard cover, big size

This is volume 4 from the set from 8 volumes "Istoriia na bulgarite". This is the first completely scientific research for the aims, the principles, the institutions, the ways, the methods, the forms and the activity of the Bulgarian diplomacy from the antiquity to the present day. The aim of this book is to contribute to show the international and diplomatic role of the Bulgarian country during the centuries.

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ID: 003995
Author: Co.
Title:    Istoriia na bulgarite. Tom 5: Voenna istoriia
Publisher: Trud
Year of publication: 2007
Cover: hard cover, big size

This is volume 5 of the set "Istoriia na bulgarite" (in Engl. History of the Bulgarians). This volume is the first attempt to be presented the whole military history of the Bulgarians from the antiquity to the present days. It studies the development of the army in the all countries created from the Bulgarians and their forefathers - the Edrine Thracian Kingdom, the Old Great Bulgaria, the Danube Bulgaria and the Bulgarian state creations formed in the Central Europe and Asia Minor. The work covers all main aspect and stages of the origin and the evolution of the army in the Bulgarian countries. Special attention is paid to the contribution of the Bulgarian army to the protection of the European civilization.

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ID: 008509
Author: Vasil At. Vasilev
Title:    Kratka istoriia na Bulgarite. Kniga 1 + CD
Publisher: Lik izdaniia
Year of publication: 2010
Cover: paperback

This is book 1 from the set "A Brief History of the Bulgarians". It covers the period from the emergence of the Bulgarians in 3rd century to the fall of Bulgaria under Ottoman rule in 1396. The book is richly illustrated, incl. 16 pages with color illustrations. The book also contains a CD which includes valuable sources from the Bulgarian history.

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ID: 008642
Author: Vasil At. Vasilev
Title:    Kratka istoriia na Bulgarite. Kniga 1 + CD
Publisher: Lik izdaniia
Year of publication: 2010
Cover: hard cover

This is book 1 from the set "A Brief History of the Bulgarians". It covers the period from the emergence of the Bulgarians to the fall of Bulgaria under Ottoman rule. The book is richly illustrated, incl. 16 pages with color illustrations. The book also contains a CD which includes valuable sources from the Bulgarian history.

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B O O K S  I N  B U L G A R I A N  A N D  E N G L I S H
    Encyclopedias | History, politics, sociology | Ethnology, Ethnography, Archaeology, Art and Culture
E n c y c l o p e d i a s

ID: 008956
Author: Tsvetanov
Title:    Bulgarskoto monetosechene 1880 - 2010
Publisher: Apolo
Year of publication: 2010
Cover: hard cover, big size

This is the product of long and hard creative work of the publisher Nikolay Tzvetanov and his entire team involved in the preparation and publication of one of a kind Encyclopedia of the Bulgarian coinage and numismatics for the period 1880 - 2010. This masterpiece can enrich the knowledge of all the coins as a reflection of each stage of historical development of Bulgaria - from the Principality and Kingdom, through Socialism Republic, and to find answers to all questions relating to coins and numismatics. It presents the most interesting and rare coin designs, and many coin similar signs counterfeit coins and not published until now. For the first time all this is accompanied by a detailed historical reference. This unique book is intended not only for numismatists, collectors and related to the subject matter specialists, but for anyone who appreciates history and is interested in the development of their country.

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ID: 008957
Author: Tsvetanov
Title:    Bulgarskoto monetosechene 1880 - 2010. Luxury edition
Publisher: Apolo
Year of publication: 2010
Cover: hard cover, big size

Luxury edition, piblished only in 99 pieces, each of them is numbered manually. This is the product of long and hard creative work of the publisher Nikolay Tzvetanov and his entire team involved in the preparation and publication of the one of a kind Encyclopedia of the Bulgarian coinage and numismatics. The numismatic masterpiece can enrich the knowledge of all the coins as a reflection of each stage of historical development of the Bulgaria - from the Principality and Kingdom, through Socialism Republic, and to find answers to all questions relating to coins and numismatics. It presents the most interesting and rare coin designs, and many coin similar signs counterfeit coins and not published until now. For the first time all this is accompanied by a detailed historical reference. This unique book is intended not only for numismatists, collectors and related to the subject matter specialists, but for anyone who appreciates history and is interested in the development of their country.

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H i s t o r y , p o l i t i c s , s o c i o l o g y

ID: 002203
Author: Co.
Title:    Bulgarskata tsivilizatsiia/The Bulgarian Civilisation
Publisher: Tangra
Year of publication: 2005
Cover: hard cover

Text in Bulgarian and English. A luxurious colorful album, edited by the famous sciencist and historian Alexander Foll. It represents the Bulgarian state and the Bulgarian civilization from 681 to the present day. Some interesting and unknown facts are shown too. Special attention is paid to the place and role of the Bulgaria and Bulgarian civilization on the European and world civilization.

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ID: 008274
Author: Co.
Title:    World Heritage of Bulgaria / Svetovnoto nasledstvo na Bulgariia
Publisher: Marin Drinov
Year of publication: 2010
Cover: hard cover, big size

Text in Bulgarian and English. The publication is dedicated to the valuables on the territory of Bulgaria, included in the List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Organization of the United Nations for Education, Science and Culture - UNESCO. They are presented both as a part of the natural environment and in the context of historical events that affect their existence. Nine extensive papers provide specific data about the Kazanlak Tomb, the Sveshtari Tomb, the Old Town of Nessebar, the Madara Horseman, Boyana Church, the rock churches near Ivanovo, the Rila Monastery, the Pirin National Park and Reserve Silver. The book also contains papers about the intangible assets of Bulgaria which were also included in the UNESCO's list - the amateur folk group "Bistrishki babi" and the traditional Bulgarian custom "Nestinarstvo" (fire-dancing). Each article is richly illustrated with color photographs. The book includes a short history of Bulgaria, presented in dates and events from the Paleolithic Age to present days as well as a list of personal and geographical names and terms used in the articles. This book shows not only the unique cultural and historical heritage and symbols of the true values of the Bulgarian people, but it led to a cultural policy to protect this wealth.

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E t h n o l o g y , E t h n o g r a p h y , A r c h a e o l o g y , A r t  a n d  C u l t u r e

ID: 003162
Author: Georgiev, A.
Title:    Skriti sukrovishta na Bulgariia / Hidden Treasures of Bulgaria
Publisher: Colibri
Year of publication: 2006
Cover: paperback

Text in Bulgarian and English. The book comprises 15 natural, cultural and historical landmarks which, for some reason, have remained away from the beaten tracks of popular interest or have merits of which the general tourist, whether Bulgarian or foreign, is largely unaware.

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ID: 005358
Author: Compiler: Liuben Bosilkov
Title:    Bulgariia - ot krasotata na edna strana / Bulgaria - from the beauty of a country.
Publisher: Bosilkoff
Year of publication: 2008
Cover:

This photo collection presents a part of the beauty and spirit of Bulgaria - a country with "live" nature, rich cultural and historical heritage - churches, monasteries, mural paintings, icons, towns, architecture. The visual image is completed with information on the back of each photo.

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ID: 007410
Author: Konstantin Totev
Title:    Zlatni prusteni-pechati ot vremeto na Vtoroto bulgarsko tsarstvo 1185-1396 / Golden Signet-Rings from the Time of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom 1185-1396
Publisher: Faber
Year of publication: 2010
Cover: hard cover, big size

The gold rings-seals in the Second Bulgarian Kingdom were designed to be not only decorations, symbols of power and high social status but also they were the personal seals of medieval Bulgarian aristocrats. The book is the first ever Bulgarian research about this topic, which summarizes publications and studies made over many years. It consists of eight chapters, final conclusions, bibliography and catalog of known rings-seals from the 12th - 14th century. Prof. Dr. Konstantin Totev has been working since 1980 at the National Instittute and Museum of Archaeology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has participated for many years in the archaeological excavations of the Old Bulgarian capitals Pliska, Preslav and Veliko Turnovo and their vicinity.

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ID: 008296
Author: Co.
Title:    Nematerialnoto kulturno nasledstvo na Bulgariia/ The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Bulgaria
Publisher: Letera
Year of publication: 2010
Cover: paperback

Bulgaria has a rich historical and cultural heritage which is shown in the illustrations of this book. It introduces the dominant ethnic groups, folklore regions and folk festivals: three elements of a whole system centred around peoples and their traditions. This book is the first one to present the national project referred to as Living Human Treasures and the national list of Bulgarian Living Human Treasures. Special attention is paid to the Bistritsa Babi and the Nestinari from the village of Bulgari (both on UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity). There are more than forty thousand listed cultural monuments in Bulgaria, while state and municipal museums hold over five million valuable cultural items. Seven cultural monuments and two natural sites have been recognized as unique and having world significance and have been included in UNESCO World Heritage List. The aim of this book is, not only to make this rich cultural heritage popular, but also to emphasize our collective duty to protect it and hand it down to following generations. The short list at the end of the book provides references to further readings on the topic, and contact addresses of institutions and groups working in this area.

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ID: 008674
Author: Co.
Title:    Bulgarski moneti – katalog 1881-2011/ Bulgarian coins – catalogue 1881-2011
Publisher: Sofiiski numizmatichno druzhestvo „G. S. Rakovski”
Year of publication: 2010
Cover: paperback

The catalog contains a complete description of coins minted in the period 1881 - 2011, as well as their actual prices.

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    History, politics, sociology | Ethnology, Ethnography, Archaeology, Art and Culture
H i s t o r y , p o l i t i c s , s o c i o l o g y

ID: 002150
Author: Ilchev, I.
Title:    The rose of the Balkans
Publisher: Colibri
Year of publication: 2005
Cover: paperback

Ivan llchev (b.1953) is a professor in Modern Balkan History at the Sofia University. He teaches modern history of the Balkans (18th-20th centuries), social history of the Balkans, history of Bulgaria, international relations in the Balkans, theory and history of propaganda, history of advertising in Bulgaria, history and theory of nationalism in the Balkans. This is a very useful edition of the Bulgarian history.

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ID: 002815
Author: Ovcharov, N.
Title:    The Shortest History of Bulgaria
Publisher: Letera
Year of publication: 2006
Cover: paperback

Text in English. This book presents the shortest Bulgarian history from the antiquity to the present day.

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ID: 003156
Author: Ovcharov, N.
Title:    Medieval Bulgarian Empire
Publisher: Letera
Year of publication: 2006
Cover: hard cover, big size

Text in English. Defining a state as an empire requires many economic, political and cultural indicators. It is not accidental that empires perished not so much as a result of enemy attacks, but rather when they had totally exhausted their potential. However, in spite of all reservations, these periods are salient emanations of a nation. Notwithstanding the lower self-confidence of Bulgarians in the recent years, they need to know the glorious history of their medieval empire - and this book is devoted precisely to it.

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ID: 006490
Author: Ivan Marazov, Tatyana Shalganova, Oksana Minaeva
Title:    Crossroads of Cultures. Art on Bulgarian Territories. Prehistory. Antiquity. The Middle Ages
Publisher: Letera
Year of publication: 2009
Cover: paperback

The book presents a short history of art in Bulgarian territories from prehistoric times to the decline of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. It also presents the most significant treasures from the museum collections in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Shumen, Stara Zagora, Kazanlak, Vratsa as well as the extremely precious gold objects from Malaya Pereshchepina (in Ukraine) and Nagyszentmiklos (in present-day Romania), related to Bulgarian history, the most recent archaeological discoveries at Sveshtari, Mafomirovo-Zlatinitsa, the mounds in the Valley of the Thracian Kings. The book consists of more than 200 professional photographs of vessels, jewellery, tombs, decorations, weapons and treasures from different periods

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ID: 006632
Author: Plamen Pavlov
Title:    Bulgaria and Bulgarians – a brief history
Publisher: Borina
Year of publication: 2009
Cover: paperback

The book contains useful information about the Bulgarian country and the Bulgarians. It also presents a short history of Bulgaria.

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E t h n o l o g y , E t h n o g r a p h y , A r c h a e o l o g y , A r t  a n d  C u l t u r e

ID: 000568
Author: Ovcharov, D.
Title:    Fifteen treasures in the Bulgarian lands.
Publisher: Bulgarski bestselur
Year of publication: 2003
Cover: big size, paperback

English text. This richly illustrated album represents the most impresive historical, cultural and archaeological valuables in Bulgaria.

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ID: 000359
Author: Co.
Title:    Traditional Bulgarian Calendar. Illustrated Encyclopedia.
Publisher: Vion
Year of publication: 2003
Cover: big size, hard cover

The Traditional Bulgarian Calendar Illustrated Encyclopedia aims to present the overall cultural wealth of the Bulgarian people in the conception of the Bulgarian rites and rituals associated with the calendar holidays. The information has been offered in an accessible and intriguing form and in an easily comprehensible language. It is organized in 100 basic articles, amply illustrated by 402 plates.

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ID: 003026
Author: Reho, M., Ilieva, P.
Title:    Thracian Treasures from Bulgaria
Publisher: Borina
Year of publication: 2006
Cover: hard cover, big size

Text in English. The current book by Maria Reho and Pavlina Ilieva comes just in time to satisfy the huge curiosity about the ancient Thracians in Bulgaria and abroad. The authors, although on the staff of the Institute of Archaeology and Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, have not limited themselves to presenting only the Thracians treasures displayed at the Archaeological Museum, but have covered extensively all high quality samples of Thracian toreutics. Inquisitive readers will find well presented information about the customs of the Thracians, the gold and silver household receptacles of the Thracian aristocracy, the ornamentation of the clothing of the Thracians, their weaponry, the horse harness, etc. The photographs taken by Antony Handjiski have complemented the text offering a fresh look at the ancient treasures.

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ID: 004022
Author: Iulian Angelov
Title:    Sights and Sounds from Bulgaria
Publisher: MUST SEE BULGARIA
Year of publication: 2006
Cover: DVD

This is a multimedia DVD with sounds and photos from Bulgaria. It consists of hundreds of profesionaly made photos which presents the Bulgarian architecture, historical monuments, people, landscapes, customs and rituals, folklore, nature and resorts.

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ID: 004327
Author: Co.
Title:    Bulgaria: The Charm of Sudden Beauty
Publisher: Bulgarski bestselur
Year of publication: 2007
Cover: paperback, big size

This is an album which shows the Bulgarian landmarks and beauty in the four seasons - winter, spring, summenr and autumn. There is an explanatory text for each of the seasons.

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ID: 005355
Author: Co.
Title:    Bulgarian Dream. A Colorful Bulgarian Journey
Publisher: Must See Bulgaria
Year of publication: 2008
Cover: DVD

This multimedia collection of photography and video treats viewers to a sweeping, and cinematic spectrum of authentic Bulgaria through the eyes of some of Bulgaria's most talented photographers. From the painted masks of a pagan dance to mysterious . sandstone pyramids and from the art-carved architecture of a village to sun-reflected splashes of the Black Sea coast, Bulgarian Dream transports viewers to an unknown land. This DVD contains a movie that can be enjoyed in its entirety or via thematic segments, and a slide show. It features a soundtrack that combines Bulgarian folklore with jazz music.

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ID: 007402
Author: Vyara Kandjieva, Antoniy Handjyski
Title:    The monasteries in Bulgaria
Publisher: Borina
Year of publication: 2009
Cover: hard cover

Text in English. The book presents more than 20 Bulgarian monasteries. CONTENTS: - Introduction.; - Rila Monastery Nativity of Virgin Mary; - Bachkovo Monastery The Assumption.; - Troyan Monastery The Assumption.; - Glozhene Monastery St Georgi the Victor; - Zemen Monastery St loan the Theologian; - Etropole Monastery The Holy Trinity.; - Preobrazhenie Monastery Transfiguration of Our Lord; - Arapovo Monastery St Nedelya; - Chiprovtsi Monastery St loan Rilsky; - Rozhen Monastery Nativity of the Saint Mother of God; - Osenovlak Monastery Nativity of Virgin Mary; - Aladzha Monastery; - Cherepish Monastery The Assumption; - Ivanovo Rock Monastery St Archangel Michael; - Kapinovo Monastery St Nikola Thaumaturge.; - Kilifarevo Monastery Nativity of Virgin Mary.; - Kouklen Monastery St Anargyroi (Silverless) Cosma and Damian; - Kremikovtsi Monastery St Georgi the Victor.; - Dragalevtsi Monastery The Assumption.; - Sokolski Monastery The Assumption; - Razboishte Rock Monastery Presentation of the Blessed Virgin; - Albotin Rock Monastery The Resurrection of Christ.; - Batoshevo Monastery The Assumption.; - Bassarbovo Rock Monastery St Dimitar of Bassarbovo; - Shipka Monastery Christmas.; - Chirpan Monastery St Athanasius the Great.; - Monastery at Krastova Gora The Holy Trinity.

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ID: 007415
Author: Bozhidar Dimitrov
Title:    Bulgarian Christian Civilization
Publisher: Unicart
Year of publication: 2009
Cover: hard cover

Bulgaria was blessed to receive the words of God from two of Jesus Christ's apostles. In 52, Apostle Andrew set off on a tour in the affluent and populous cities along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. It was the time when the first Christian communities headed by bishops were established. In the third and fourth centuries large groups of Proto-Bulgarians settled near the Black Sea coast. In 632, Khan Kubrat established the state that the Byzantine historians named Great Bulgaria. Religious tolerance in the Bulgarian society allowed the quick spread of Christianity among the population. The founder of Old Great Bulgaria, Khan Kubrat adopted Christianity in Byzantium's court. His descendants of the Dulo clan, rulers of Bulgaria till 759, were Christians. In 864 annalists from all over Europe recorded: "He, Bulgaria's King Boris and his whole people accepted the Holy Baptism". Bozhidar Dimitrov

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