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978-1-4985-5963-8 • Hardback • November 2018 • $100.00 • (£77.00)
978-1-4985-5964-5 • eBook • November 2018 • $95.00 • (£73.00)
Mikhail Sergeyevich Rekun, PhD, works for the Yungon Education Group of Zhengzhou, China.
Chapter 1: A History of Bulgaria until 1878
Chapter 2: Setting up the State, 1878-1879
Chapter 3: The First Troubled Year, 1879-1880
Chapter 4: Assassination, Ultimatum, Coup, 1880-1881
Chapter 5: Simmering Resentment, 1881-1882
Chapter 6: The Nadir, 1882-1883
Chapter 7: The Unification of Bulgaria, 1883-1885
Chapter 8: The Final Act, 1886
"Rekun gives us a close study of the deteriorating relationship between the first ruler of post-Congress Bulgaria, Prince Alexander of Battenburg, and the new country’s Russian patrons, the removal of Alexander through a Russian-inspired coup, and the subsequent failure of a rather ham-fisted Russian diplomacy to reconcile its imperial objectives with Bulgarian populist nationalism. This book offers a careful narrative of the decade following the creation of modern Bulgaria in 1878 that is well-informed by both Russian and Bulgarian archival research and a detailed understanding of the personalities and politics of the time—in the Balkans and in the larger European sphere—as well as a fresh, on the ground, perspective on the familiar contradictions of late-nineteenth-century nationalism and pan-Slavism. A finely polished work, it will be both of interest to historians and scholars of International Relations and accessible to undergraduate students."
— Howard Malchow, Tufts University