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175 The Gorna Dzumaya Uprising

As the Supremacists rush towards a new uprising in Macedonia, the MRO, Ottomans, and Bulgarian government alike all try to stop them.



Major Characters in this Episode

Colonel Ivan Tsonchev

Ivan Garvanov

Sultan Abdülhamid II

Ferdinand Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

Colonel Atanas Iankov


Timeline for this Episode

  • 1902 June 22nd - First Takreer by Exarchate Joseph I for the forming of the Saint synod and a mixed council in Istanbul on the basis of the 4 dioceses in the vilayets, supported by the Bulgarian government.

  • 1902 July 28th - Aug 3rd - Tenth congress of the Macedonian immigrant society. Two committees emerge; one under influence of the palace, and the second under influence of the internal organization.

  • 1902 Aug - A detachment of the Supreme Committee of colonel Anastas Yankov arrives in Костур and attempts to incite an uprising but is parried by internal actors.

  • 1902 Sept 1st - congress of the Internal organization led by Ivan Garvanov. They take the name Secret Macedonian-Odrin Revolutionary Organisation (ТМОРО) and a new rulebook in drafted with the aim of attracting all ethnicities.

  • 1902 Sept 23rd - Nov - Uprising in Gornadzhumaya, organized by the Supreme Committee of Stoyan Mihailov and general Ivan Tsonchev.

  • 1902 Dec 8th - Sultan announces some reforms in European Turkey.

  • 1902 throughout the year - Implementation of partial French control of the state’s finances. Romania closes all but one Bulgarian school in Northern Dobrudzha.

  • 1903 Jan 2nd-4th - Congress of the Internal Organisation in Salonica with Ivan Garvanov as chairman. They decide to incite an uprising in the Spring of 1903.


The cheta of Hristo Sarakinov, likely during the Gorna Dzumaya Uprising
The cheta of Hristo Sarakinov, likely during the Gorna Dzumaya Uprising

The cheta of Ivan Tsonchev
The cheta of Ivan Tsonchev

The man who kicked off the uprising, Colonel Anastas Yankov
The man who kicked off the uprising, Colonel Anastas Yankov

Refugees in Dupnitsa after fleeing the uprising's reprisals
Refugees in Dupnitsa after fleeing the uprising's reprisals

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