The union – prince and people in one – Directions

The union – prince and people in one – Directions
The union – prince and people in one – Directions

Todor Chobanov

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Where are people’s eyes looking after Liberation?

“The liberation of Bulgaria is one of the most wonderful moments in our history, which has been going on for 14 centuries. Almost immediately after this joy takes over the hearts, the reaction of the Great Powers follows, who say the hard word to each other at the Berlin Congress and tear apart the Bulgarian land, which the Bulgarians we expected it to be united. This is no secret to those in the know because Russia made two secret treaties with Austria-Hungary that it had assurances to give to Great Britain. Since the Napoleonic Wars Europe has been established in an order which some call “the orchestra of the Great Powers “. In this order, it was accepted that all issues related to serious redrawing of borders, creation of new states and relocation of areas from one state to another, are decided by the Great Powers, that is, the attitudes were that there should not be a large Bulgarian state. For this The Unification is so important in our history because it is a purely Bulgarian act. Just as Levski went and created committees, from day one the actors of the Unification create their network, the “Unity” committees arise. Zahari Stoyanov creates the Bulgarian Secret Central Revolutionary Committee with legendary personalities who realize that serious preparatory work must be done”.

This is what the historian Dr. Todor Chobanov told BNR.

Why would the Unification not have happened without the blessing of Prince Alexander the First of Bulgaria, despite the delicate situation he was in at the time?

“His role is important because his active inclusion, without his blessing for these things, would not have happened in this way. You know there have been informal drills with him several times. Including figures like Danail Nikolaev, who are important to find out what exactly is happening, they want his consent. Alexander the First in Shumen meets with Sava Mutkurov, Dimitar Rizov and assures them of his full support”.

The prince was in a very delicate situation at that time, because he was closely related to the Russian imperial family, and Russia was the most​important in those early years for the fate of Bulgaria, because Russia’s war with the Ottoman Empire led to the emergence of the Principality of Bulgaria.

There is also one very bad luck for the prince and our homeland itself – this is the death of the Russian emperor Alexander the Second, who died in the eighth assassination attempt against him. This leads to an unexpected consequence – the sharp change in the policy of the Russian imperial court. The new emperor Alexander the Third was completely different from his father, despotic and with a bad attitude towards our prince. He also became an opponent of the unificationist aspirations of the Bulgarian society, because he considered that the will of Russia was not respected in this way. It has been opposed from the very beginning to the Union, because of the old engagements which it has undertaken, because of this scheme of distribution of the Balkans which Austria-Hungary and Russia are achieving. this also explains the behavior of Serbia, which at that time was still in the camp of Austria-Hungary, Vienna was the place where the Serbs coordinated their actions and received the blessing to “take their own”, as it was believed at the time.

For the involvement of Prince Alexander the First of Bulgaria with Bulgarian aspirations. Is the truth about his departure from the throne painful? Why did the prince fail to return to Bulgaria again after his second departure? – listen from the sound file andDobrinka Dobreva’s interview with Dr. Todor Chobanov.

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