Balkan Family Structure and the European Pattern: Demographic Developments in Ottoman Bulgaria

Balkan Family Structure and the European Pattern: Demographic Developments in Ottoman Bulgaria

Balkan Family Structure and the European Pattern: Demographic Developments in Ottoman Bulgaria

Balkan Family Structure and the European Pattern: Demographic Developments in Ottoman Bulgaria

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An updated, extended, and revised version of the out-of-print 1993 edition, this title reassesses the traditional stereotype of the place of the Balkans in the model of the European family in the nineteenth century, on the basis of new source material and by synthesizing existing research.

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My cordial thanks are extended to Sorin Antohi who kindly urged me, during our wonderful stay at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 2004–2005, to submit Balkan Family Structure and the European Pattern to the Central European University Press for a second edition. The book appeared in 1993 in a very small print and, a couple of years later, was already out of print. In 2002, a Bulgarian translation was published in Sofia.

The present edition is an updated and revised version of the first. Some minor changes have been made in the text, chiefly updating names, improving explanations, rectifying errors, and adding references. While I have not undertaken additional primary research or added new sources, in the past dozen years after the publication of the volume, I published several articles on this problematic issue that strengthen or refine the major conclusions of the work. They have been included in the bibliography, and one of them—“On the Epistemological Value of Family Models: the Balkans within the European pattern”—has been added as Appendix VI. The present bibliography, while not pretending to be exhaustive, has added a considerable number of titles that appeared in the past decade. I continue to stand by the main results of this study and, to my great pleasure, these have been reflected in the major syntheses on the European family that have appeared recently.

1 Maria Todorova, Balkanskoto semeistvo. Istoricheska demografiia na bîlgarskoto obshtestvo prez osmanskiia period, Sofia: Amitsitiia, 2002.

2 David Kertzer and Mario Barbagli, eds. The History of the European Family. Volume Two. Family Life in the Long Nineteenth Century, 1789–1913 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002), esp. pp. 60–61, 77–80, 306–309; Jack Goody, The European Family. An Historico-Anthropological Essay (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000), esp. pp. 108–111; Richard Wall, Tamara K. Hareven and Josef Ehmer with the assistance of Markus Cerman, Family History Revisited. Comparative Perspectives (Newark: University of Delaware Press and London: Associated University Presses, 2001), esp. pp. 217–307.

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