The Haemimont Foundation is pleased to share news of the publication of “Dokosvanya do Amerika” authored by Ivan Ilchev and Plamen Mitev, lecturers at Sofia University’s Department of History. This five hundred-plus page illustrated book provides rich and illuminating insight into Bulgaria’s special and hitherto largely unexplored relations with the United States before, during, and after its liberation from Ottoman rule in 1878.
The book was published in 2003 and is divided into three parts:
Part I – American missionaries, Bulgarians and The Gospel (19th Century to the early 20th Century)
Part II – Bulgarians and American educational institutions (during the second half of the 19th Century through the early 20th Century)
Part III – “Balkan Indians” in America
“Why did we decide to call the result of our work and research, “Touching America”? Our reasoning was twofold. On one hand, the title shows our inability to cover everything. On the other hand, it shows sufficiently clearly that during the time period on which we chose to focus, the United States remained too distant a country for Bulgaria; a society whose ideas were still foreign, though not necessarily new, for many Bulgarians; an economy that, despite being one of the most powerful in the world, nonetheless had limited interaction with Bulgaria’s economy; a culture that was being lost in the bright light of English art and culture…”
“Dokosvanya do Amerika” is currently available from the Haemimont Foundation. Inquiries can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.