THE BULGARIANS IN THE WESTERN THRACIAN CITIES DURING 1913-1919
Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum
(Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) Bulgaria
Abstract: The object of commentary in the text is the Bulgarians who come from Western Thrace and who live in these cities throughout the period 1913-1919. I will try to shed light upon a scarcely developed matter, or at the very least, upon some parts of it. I have headed towards a modern rendition of well-known Bulgarian authors and I have put together their pieces with archived and scientifically non-interpreted until this moment materials.
I will describe a part of the image of the Bulgarians from the cities of the said community. In these cities they consist of old and new migrants. They are placed in certain spaces of life and commerce. The official institutions influence their lives to a certain degree but these people remain heavily connected to their familial-kin structures, as a whole. Elitist fractions have been formed in their communities. Furthermore, specific elements could be found in their identities.
Keywords: Bulgarians, Western Thrace, Cities, Every-Day Life, Market, Residences, Families, Kin, Identity