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Otfinoski, Steven.
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New York : Facts on File, [1999]

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118 pages ; 24 cm.
Examines the people, religion, daily life, politics, culture, history, and geography of Bulgaria, emphasizing its transition from a communist to a free nation.
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DR93.42 .O86 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Nations in Transition series explores the independent governments that formed after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

Each volume surveys the nation's entire history, identifying key themes and events; portrays the social conditions, environmental problems, and political and social changes over the last few years; and offers a cautious, educated appraisal of what the future may hold. Featuring quotations from ordinary citizens, government officials, and leading intellectuals, each book provides a thorough portrait of contemporary life within a specific country.

A chronology, comprehensive index, and bibliography make each book excellent for quick reference needs. Photographs, maps, and special boxed features enhance the clear and thought-provoking text.

Bulgaria details important political and social leaders, relationships with diverse minority groups such as the Gypsies, and the country's history and its present concerns.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. This title in the Nations in Transition series provides a comprehensive study of the history, politics, people, and culture of Bulgaria, now experiencing the growing pains of life after Communism. Straightforward prose and well-organized chapters detail Bulgaria's many wars, turbulent politics, and fascinating culture, from Thracian rule in 4000 B.C. to the present. Sidebars highlight the people, places, and things that make Bulgaria unique. Separate sections cover daily life, government, religion, and the arts, making for an easily accessible research tool. Otfinoski stresses that Bulgaria is a nation of contrasts--poverty is rampant, but Bulgarians have the world's longest lifespan; much of the natural landscape has been destroyed and polluted, but Bulgaria is still a leading grower and exporter of rare, fragrant rose oil. Educators and students will find the book useful for learning about a variety of governments, the challenging process of political transitions, and the intriguing history of a country still trying to find its identity. Pronunciation guide; chronology; further reading. --Shelle Rosenfeld

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 UpBoth of these books have introductory chapters on history followed by individual sections on government, religion, economy, culture, cities, and daily life. Present problems and potential future solutions are discussed in the concluding chapters. Otfinoski spends less time describing the transition period than Michael Kort does in Russia (Facts On File, 1998), a book in the same series; instead he includes a chapter on cities that reads like an upbeat travel guide. This may confuse readers because its optimism seems to clash with information elsewhere about economic difficulties. There are also a few serious internal contradictions and errors. In Ukraine, for example, readers are first told that after the breakup of the Soviet Union, The loss of Russia as a trading partner was a deep blow to the Ukrainian economy, whereas later it is correctly stated that Russia is still Ukraines number one trade partner. Its a shame because the book does have sparks of good writing. Each volume has somewhat lackluster black-and-white illustrations and photos, a useful chronology from prehistoric times through August 1998, and a short list of suggested readings.Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Still trapped by their communist past, Bulgarians strive to reach the ideals of modern nationhood amid severe economic problems, food shortages, high crime, and general civilian unhappiness. Author Steven Otfinoski chronicles the details of their struggle and portrays the rich, historic past of Bulgaria. From the country's beautiful architecture to its distinct national character, Bulgaria details important political and social leaders such as King Simeon II and Zhelyu Zhelev; relationships with diverse minority groups such as the Gypsies; and the country's history as well as its present concerns. Excerpted from Bulgaria by Steven Otfinoski All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.