REVIEW ARTICLES/CRITIQUES EXHAUSTIVES WILLIAM A. WELSH (Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.) Contemporary Bulgaria: Toward the Erosion of Conventional Wisdom * I Contemporary Bulgaria is little studied and, apparently, even less understood. The reasons for scholarly neglect of Bulgaria, at least in the West, have substantially to do with the perceived unimportance of Bulgaria in international political and economic affairs. As Mr. Oren points out in the Preface to his book, "Bulgaria lies in the shadows of European politics ... in a state of immobility on the internation- al scene." (p. xiii) Yet the seeming relative unimportance of Bulgaria internationally should not obscure the relevance of her internal political development during the past sixty years for an understanding of a number of questions considered impor- tant in comparative social and political inquiry. Consequently, new books on Bulgaria are especially welcome, particularly when they are written by persons with established expertise in Bulgarian affairs. One of the frequent byproducts of scholarly neglect is the essentially unhindered growth of relatively uninformed "conventional wisdom." In the West, a distressing- ly large proportion of the "wisdom" about Bulgaria is of this "conventional" sort. The outlines of this conventional wisdom are unambiguous: Bulgaria usually is
Southeastern Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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