This dissertation aims to situate the emancipation of women in Bulgaria within the framework of scholarship on enfranchisement in Europe. This would add a novel perspective to the field through introducing a country, to which there is little academic access due to linguistic and archival difficulties. The topic is important for understanding the political, social, and economic processes in the inter-war period, but the paper will also focus on the impact of emancipation and trace its consequences throughout the twentieth century. Bulgaria offers a fascinating case study on the evolution of the political power and role of women under three different regimes: monarchy, communism, and democracy. Central questions to the research, therefore, would be what catalysed emancipation in Bulgaria, how was it implemented, what was the immediate impact on the political situation in the country, and to what extent was the emancipation successful and transformed under the different political regimes from 1918 to the present day.
The main sources for this project would be the National Historical Archive in Sofia as well as daily newspapers, which can be found in the Bulgarian National Library in Sofia. They will be examined to find correspondence about and references to women in politics. A table, comprising the number of women holding high government offices throughout the different periods will be compiled to allow a
By 1 December – completion of background reading of secondary sources;
December-January – archival research of primary sources (in the Bulgarian National Archives; Bulgarian National Library)
February – Drafting the dissertation
1 March – completed draft
1 March – 26 March – Revision and submission
2. Enfranchising women – origins and process
3. The Inter-War Period – consolidating rights
4. Communism – the true emancipation?
5. Democracy – participation or withdrawal?
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