Literacy of the Bulgarian Clergy in Macedonia Exemplified by the Nevrokop Eparchy (1904–1912): Statistical and Sources Aspects Cover Image
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Грамотност на българското духовенство в Македония по примера на Неврокопска епархия (1904–1912): статистически и изворови аспекти
Literacy of the Bulgarian Clergy in Macedonia Exemplified by the Nevrokop Eparchy (1904–1912): Statistical and Sources Aspects

Author(s): Stanislava Stoytcheva
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Local History / Microhistory, Social history, Modern Age, 19th Century, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919), The Ottoman Empire, Between Berlin Congress and WW I
Published by: Асоциация Клио
Keywords: parish priests; clergy; social cleavage; Macedonia; Pirin Macedonia; Nevrokop eparhy; literacy;, theological and school education; pre-ordination occupation; reading culture

Summary/Abstract: The study focuses on an issue that has not yet been investigated in the Bulgarian historiography - the topic of the literacy of the Bulgarian parish priests in Macedonia, and specifically in the largest Nevrokop eparhy, after the Gorna Dzhumaia (1902) and the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie (1903) uprisings and up to the Balkan War (1912). The main points in the historiography, the trends in the archival documents of the Bulgarian Exarchate and the Bulgarian Commercial Agencies (from 1908 consulates), as well as the attitudes of the periodical press from the first decade of the 20th century, published in the Ottoman Empire, are outlined. The topic of the clergy literacy is analyzed on the basis of numerous documents from the archives of the Holy Metropolis of Nevrokop and its subordinate structures, statistics, ecclesiastical and parish registers, etc. The main signs of literacy are considered, which can be traced very well through statistics and documents, such as: basic literacy (reading and writing skills); type and level of education; theological literacy; occupation of the priests before their ordination; reading culture, newspaper subscriptions, and literary work. On this basis, an attempt is made for a social cleavage of the clergy in Pirin Macedonia and in particular in the Nevrokop eparhy.

  • Issue Year: 21/2017
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 209-253
  • Page Count: 45
  • Language: Bulgarian