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|Plate 22 from Die Bulgaren in ihren historischen, ethnographischen und politischen Grenzen by Ishirkoff & Zlatarski||Index no. 0048:0022|
The green-bordered text below is is the English version of the explanatory text, from the page facing the map. Another page on this site gives the full text in German, English, French, and Bulgarian.
Two undaunted and well-educated British ladies, Muir-Mackenzie and Irby, travelled in the years 1862 and 1863 through a large part of the Balkan peninsula and published their researches in 1867 in London in one big volume:"The Turks, the Greeks and the Slavons. Travels in the Slavonic Provinces of Turkey-in-Europe. By G. Muir Mackenzie and A. P. Irby, London, 1867. With Maps etc.".
The authors devoted themselves to this work with great earnestness. Making inquiries everywhere directly from the people, they collected immediate information from them which they afterwards verified with the consuls and missionaries. Their conscientiousness and objectivity went so far as to verify anew the information they had received from both interested parties, at Constantinople where they visited for that purpose the Greek Patriarchate and the representatives of the Bulgarian people, whereby they also took into consideration the Greco-Bulgarian church quarrel arisen at that time and which ended 1870 with the erection of the Bulgarian Exarchate. The high value which competent men attribute to this book appears from the circumstance that it has been translated into several languages and that a second edition of the work was issued in the year 1877 with a preface by the great Gladstone.
An ethnological map has been added to the book which, in fac-simile and original size, has been reproduced here. As is to be seen on the map, nearly all Macedonia (west up to the river Tscheria-Drin, southwest up to the Gramos mountains), the whole district of Nisch, the Dobrudja and a part of south Bessarabia are included within the limits of the Bulgarian race.
A special mention must be made here of the fact that this book was translated into Servian by the well-known Servian statesman and academician Tscheda Mijatowitsch who was several times minister, and many years Servian Ambassador in London until the cruel anihilation of the Obrenowitsch dynasty in Servia. He has presented the book to the Servian people an a very high-spirited preface in which not only he does not raise a single word of protest against the fact that in it Macedonia and the district of Nisch had been shown as Bulgarian territories but he even praises the authors for having described so justly and so impartially the Slavic populations of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. And no other Servian reader, of course, thought of raising a protest.
Keywords: Greeece, Bulgaria – Muir-Mackensie – Irby
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