Essays

On the occasion of the initiative “25 Years Free Bulgaria”, organized by the Sofia Platform under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, which had the aim to commemorate the 25th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we collected essays on that topic from Bulgarian and foreign participants throughout the events and activities of the initiative. The authors are historians, researchers, writers, public and intellectual figures. Download the initiative’s catalogue containing the full essay collection in addition to information about all activities related to the project.

LANGUAGE AND THE STATE

by Boyko Penchev
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PRAISE OF INSECURITY

by Dimitar Botchev
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“And they will enter a church to make the sign of the cross, so that they remain in power…”

by Evelina Kelbecheva
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Liberation is not a political event, but a state of mind

by Evgenia Ivanova
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THE CURTAIN IS LIFTED

by Evtim Kostadinov
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1989 – THE OTHER DATES

by Georgi Gospodinov, from the book “The Invisible Crises”, publishing house Zhanet 45, 2012 (abridged version)
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HISTORY LESSON

by Georgi Gotchev
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WHAT DOES THE TRANSITION IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA MEAN?

by Jan Z. Kulenović
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25 YEARS OF FREEDOM

by Jorge Fuentes Monzonís-Villalonga
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25 THINGS WE LOST FOR 25 YEARS

by Julian Popov
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COMMUNISM DEMOTES THE INDIVIDUAL

by Kalin Yanakiev
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THE ROAD TO A BETTER FUTURE

by Nassya Kralevska-Owens
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DO YOU LIKE THIS FREEDOM?

by Nikolay Nikolov
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NATIONS LOST AND FOUND

by Nina Khrushcheva
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DE-COMMUNIZATION IN BULGARIA FAILED TO KEEP UP WITH CHANGING NATURE OF THE COMMUNIST ELITE

by Ognyan Minchev
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GOING BACK AND FORWARD – 25 YEARS OF TRANSITION AND YET NO END OF HISTORY IN SIGHT

by Vedran Dzihic
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MY 1989

by Vladimir Levchev
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POWER PROBLEM

by Wojciech Przybylski
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HAS THE “NON-HAPPENING TRANSITION” HAPPENED?

by Yordan Sokolov
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