Concise History of Bulgaria
For the increasing number of western travellers who visit Bulgaria
either on holiday or on business, this is the ideal introduction to
the country's fascinating past. The rich and dramatic story of the
Bulgarians is traced from medieval times through Ottoman rule and the
cultural flowering of the nineteenth century to the turbulent years of
the twentieth century. The story is told in straightforward,
non-academic style, and is the only compact, illustrated history of
Bulgaria in the English language.
Slice of culture 3,000 years thick
|WHO WERE THE PEOPLE who first settled the land of
Bulgaria? They are known only by their works. Many scholars believe
they migrated from nearby Greece and Asia Minor; by
6000 B.C. they were scattered in small settlements
across the Balkan region.
They arrived as Stone Age farmers, but before their culture
changed again after 3000 B.C., their accomplishments
had carried southeastern Europe into the age of
metal. Perhaps as early as 5000 B.C. they began
to develop the skill, of smelting and casting copper,
uninfluenced, the author believes, by earlier
metalworking technology in the Near East.
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Bulgarias Golden Treasures
THE WORLDS oldest
treasure of gold was not disco-
vered in Sumer or Egypt, homes of the earliest known civili-
zations, the obvious places to expect such a momentous
discovery. Nor did it come from pre-Columbian America,
famous for the rich gold finds in Peru and Colombia.
It was uncovered, much to everyones
in northeastern Bulgaria, near the attractive modern city
of Varna, and it may well be more than 6,000 years old.
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THE WEALTH OF THE THRACIANS
This is the first book that captures the unique culture of Thrace
through extensive photographs of ancient treasures from museums
throughout Bulgaria. All photographs are accompanied with captions
providing a wealth of information about the objects as well as info
in which museums they can be seen. The preface details the history,
culture, and religion of Thrace, and it's filled with fascinating
facts. It gives the reader a deeper understanding of the political
and cultural complexity of the ancient world and the relationships
among Thracians, Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, etc. There is a
timetable at the end that conveniently displays the various periods
in the development of Thrace parallel to famous world events.
Bulgarian Contribution to the World Cultural Heritage
Ancient art In Bulgarian Lands