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188 Looking Back on The Calm Before the Storm, Part 1

This episode covers the first half of Season 8, roughly from 1895 to 1904. In that time, Ferdinand took firm control of Bulgarian politics as governments came and went as he pleased. Meanwhile, the MRO and Supremecists vied for power and influence, leading to a series of bloody and unsuccessful revolts. Internally, Bulgaria struggled to finance its massive army alongside investments in its economy and infrastructure, leading to massive foreign loans and crippling taxes on the peasantry.



Ferdinand at the opening of the National Assembly in 1901
Ferdinand at the opening of the National Assembly in 1901

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

Macedonian refugees in Dupnitsa following the Gorna Dzumaya Uprising
Macedonian refugees in Dupnitsa following the Gorna Dzumaya Uprising

An image of the flag of cheti based in Ohrid during the Ilinden Uprising
An image of the flag of cheti based in Ohrid during the Ilinden Uprising


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