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The Middle Ages in the Modern WorldTwenty-first century perspectives$
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Bettina Bildhauer and Chris Jones

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266144

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266144.001.0001

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Medievalism, Byzantinism, and Bulgarian Politics through the Archival Lens

Medievalism, Byzantinism, and Bulgarian Politics through the Archival Lens

(p.152) 8 Medievalism, Byzantinism, and Bulgarian Politics through the Archival Lens
The Middle Ages in the Modern World

Fani Gargova

British Academy

This chapter explores archival practices and the role of primary source materials in the history of research about the Bulgarian Middle Ages and their connection to nationalism. First, there is an overview on the value of archival descriptions in archival practice, which contribute to the discoverability, usability, accessibility, as well as integrity, of unique, historical collections to the researcher. Second, a case study about the connection of Bogdan Filov, Josef Strzygowski, and Thomas Whittemore is presented, and their investigation of Byzantine and Bulgarian medieval monuments is described in order to show how archival descriptions serve as preconditions for understanding, discovering, and accessing primary source material.

Keywords:   medievalism, archival practice, nationalism, Bulgaria

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