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R.J. Crampton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541584

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541584.001.0001

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Stefan Stambolov, Prince Ferdinand, and the Quest for Recognition, 1887–1896

Stefan Stambolov, Prince Ferdinand, and the Quest for Recognition, 1887–1896

(p.133) 5 Stefan Stambolov, Prince Ferdinand, and the Quest for Recognition, 1887–1896

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For the six years after 1887, Bulgarian political life was to be dominated by Prince Ferdinand and the man who had brought him to the throne, Stefan Stambolov. They were unlikely and uncomfortable partners, but they had to depend on one another. Their policies were directed towards the interlinked objectives of securing stability at home and external recognition of Ferdinand as the legitimate prince of Bulgaria. Before those objectives were attained, relations between the prince and his minister president collapsed. Once Ferdinand reached the safe haven of recognition in 1896, he used his political power to create a personal regime that was to be copied with varying degrees of success by other holders of the supreme executive post, though not necessarily with the same identity of the personal and the national interest. Ferdinand saw himself as a monarch whose function was to play as large a part as possible on the European stage.

Keywords:   Bulgaria, Prince Ferdinand, Stefan Stambolov, politics, history, Macedonia, Russia

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