Bones of Contention

Bones of Contention

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A historical study, taking as its narrative focus the life, death and posthumous fate of Vasil Levski (1837-1873), arguably the major and only uncontested hero of the Bulgarian national pantheon. The main title refers to the qthick descriptionq of the reburial controversy during the final phase of communist Bulgaria, which centered on the search for Levski's bones. The book gives a specific understanding also of the relationship between nationalism and religion in the post-communist period, by analyzing the recent canonization of Levski. The processes described, although with a chronological depth of almost two centuries, are still very much in the making, and the living archive expands not only in size but with the constant addition of surprising new forms they take. At another level, the book engages in a variety of general theoretical questions. It offers insights into the problems of history and memory: the question of public, social or collective memory; the nature of national memory in comparison to other types of memory; the variability of memory over time and social space; alternative memories; memory's techniques like commemorations, the mechanism of creating and transmitting memory.In the fifth and, especially in the sixth grade, there is a shift to more abstract and mature answers, and a majority points out that it is ... Another student writes that today Levski, who had done so much to save Bulgaria, would do everything in his power to achieve a quiet and tranquil life for his people. ... Yet another student, using the same vocabulary as the skeptic, writes that Levski is aquot;Bulgariaa#39;s idol.

Title:Bones of Contention
Author:Maria N. Todorova
Publisher:Central European University Press - 2009


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