The History Department focuses its research activities on Bulgarian and Balkan History, culture and art since the Middle Ages, the sources of knowledge and historiography.


One of the priorities of the department is the research of alternative studies and the study of Bulgarian, Balkan and World History, both as a subject matter and as a methodological approach in teaching history.


The research of the Department is primarily focused on a problem area that is somewhat, if not entirely, neglected by scholars: the genesis and the pressing problems of the national relations on the Balkans, nations and boundaries on the Balkans, the Bulgarian parliamentary system between 1879 and 1944 and a study of the history of Europe between the 18th and the 19th century and the XIX century, history of institutions, history of social and political ideas, religious communities in the state policy and interstate relations (since the Middle Ages), Bulgaria in the context of the development of Europe in new and recent times, History of International Relations and Diplomacy.


The topics Bulgarian society and The Bulgarian Totalitarian State – Documents and Study and The Bulgarian Totalitarian State – Power and Institutions are the focal points of the Department’s academic and research work.


The Department of History holds a regular seminar entitled “History and Modern Times” as well as an annual national conference History as Science, Education and Profession, in which scholars and lecturers from different universities and institutions take part together with graduate and doctoral students.


In order to attract the interest of young people in studying the past, the Department of History organizes annual traveling seminars in Bulgaria and abroad, offering off-campus training aimed at positioning historical events and facts in their natural environment.


The research projects of the Department, in which its students participate as well, are: Sources of the Bulgarian History, Archive Documents Catalog – The Totalitarian State of Bulgaria 1944 - 1989, The Bulgarian Society in the second half of the XX century, Middle-age Graffiti and Monograms in St. Sofia Church in Istanbul, The Constitution Issue of Totalitarian Bulgaria (1944-1989).


Department Chair:
Prof. Momchil Metodiev, D. Sc.
Building 2, Room 206
tel. 02/8110 276, ext. 2206
e-mail: m.metodiev@nbu.bg


Mrs Saliha Yalmazova
Building 2, Room 206
tel. 02/8110 276, ext. 2206
e-mail: syilmazova@nbu.bg