Bulgaria’s denial of its Ottoman past and Turkish identity

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Despite more than five hundred years of Turkish rule, the majority of present-day Bulgarians demonise and reject “non-Bulgarian” – that is, Turkish, Muslim, or Roma – influences in their history and culture. While the Bulgarian government’s harshest policies of ethnic cleansing concluded with the fall of communism, this exclusivist narrative of Bulgarian national history nevertheless continues to discriminate against such communities.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationNew Eastern Europe
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2019


  • Ottoman Empire
  • Turkey
  • Bulgaria
  • Roma
  • Turks
  • Muslims
  • identity denial
  • national historiography
  • school education


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