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Dessislava Lilova

The geographic maps of the Revival Period: Usage Strategies

 

The text examines the formation of collective territorial identity in the Bulgarian culture during the Revival period. The process is observed through the prism of the geographic maps, which were used in the Bulgarian schools before the appearance of a sovereign state in 1878. The cartographic representations are weighed against the geography textbooks and articles in the press on geography topics. The study is focused on the development of alternative forms of territorial belonging: to Europe, to European Turkey, to the “big homeland” of Bulgarian-populated lands, to the “little homeland” of the personal birth-place.

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