Trajectory of Latin American Studies in Bulgaria

  • Valentin Petroussenko Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski,” Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Keywords: Latin American Studies, Bulgaria, research and culture


This article is a review of the development of Latin American Studies in Bulgaria since the very beginning of relations between this country and the remote continent in the Western Hemisphere. While research and publications in the first half of 20th century were scarce and more of a travelogue genre, a new and genuine interest appeared after the revolution in Cuba, which was facilitated by close collaboration in respect to the socialist doctrine. Naturally, all research and publications during the Cold War had to fit ideological requirements. After 1989, the situation has changed and full freedom of scholarly research has allowed for a wide range of opinions to be voiced. However, Bulgaria entered a period of economic stagnation and lost most of its economic and trade ties with Latin America. As a result, there are significant difficulties in developing any studies beyond the European cultural space. Nevertheless, various attempts at refreshing connections with the Hispanic world on academic and other levels have been developed.


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Alexieva, Gergana. “Peronism: Politics and Ideology,” V.Тurnovo. 2014.

Andreev, Elenko. The Gods Must Be Angry, Sofia, 2009 (short novel).

--- The Orgy of Masks, Sofia, 2011 (short novel).

Argentinski, Ivan. Distant Patagonia, 1947 (later editions in 1958, 1970, 1986).

--- Disobedient Cuba, Sofia, 1961.

--- My Argentine Youth, a memoirs novel from. Sofia, 1974.

Avramov, Rumen, e.a. Bulgarians in Argentina. Sofia, 1987. One of the few books about Bulgarian emigration in South America.

Baev, Jordan. “Jorge Dimitrov y la lucha revolucionaria en Nicaragua”, El Nuevo Diario, Managua, 17 de Junio de 1987; Por la Unidad Democrática. Jorge Dimitrov y el movimiento revolucionario en América Latina, Sofia Press, 1989.

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--- “Documents on Bulgarian-Cuban Relations, 1960-1975: New Evidences from the Sofia Archives,” CWIHP Bulletin 17/18, Fall 2012.

--- “Stages in the Development of Bulgarian Historiography on Latin America During the Cold War” in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Sofia University, 2017.

Bashliev, Dimitar. Socio-Political Peculiarities of the Agrarian Problem in Latin America. Sofia, 1977.

--- Government of Popular Union in Chile 1970-1973. Sofia, 1982.

Connections of the Communist Parties in Latin America with the masses: The Experience of Argentine and Uruguayan Communists. Sofia, 1983.

CEEPUS funded networks – C.IAS (, with institutional member Plovdiv University and local coordinator V.Petroussenko; and RHEC ( – again with institutional member Plovdiv University and local coordinator Veselka Nenkova.

Galina, Lada. Echoes from the Andes. Sofia, 1977.

Gerasimov, Bogomil. Diplomacy in the Zone of Cactus, 1998, 2008. (memoirs)

--- Kukulkan is Coming Down from the Heaven. Sofia, 1989, 2012. (travelogue)

--- Mysterious Power of the Pyramids. 2000, 2009. (esoteric essays)

Gospodinova, Zhiva. Economic Liberalization and Social Changes in Central America (1980s-1990s), SWU, 2018. (PhD thesis)

Haitov, Nikolai. Peruvian Notes. Sofia, 1975. (essays)

History of the Workers and Communist Movement in Latin America. Sofia, 1985.

Hristov, М. “Aspectos históricos y políticos de la democratización en Argentina y el papel de las Fuerzas Armadas”, in Latin America in the Global World, SWU, 2015.

---“Historical and Sociopolitical Prerequisites of the Military Latin American Authoritarianism,” Socio-economic Analyzes, Faculty of Economics, VTU, Vol.#1, 2018.

Ikonomova, Aneta. Cohesion Between Indians and Spaniards During the Conquest of America. NBU, Sofia, 2019. (PhD thesis)

Indjov, Momchil, and Shade Jamil. Dilma Rouseff. History of a Bulgarian Family Marked by Exile, Communism and Presidency of Brazil. Sofia, 2011. (first published in Brazil)

Indjov, Nikola. Cubamar. Sofia, 1974. (essays, poetry)

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Karaivanova, Penka. USA. Who Lost Patagonia. Sofia, 1981. (Published only a year before the Falkland crisis!)

Kolarov, Georgi. Latin American Left by the End of 20th century. Between the Sandinism and Senderism. Sofia, 1993.

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--- “Deconstruction of the “Left Wave” in Latin America,” NotaBene 19 (2011)

Marinska, Ruzha. Eliezer Alcheh, Sofia, 1995.

Nedyalkov, Lyubomir. Youth Revolutionary Movement in Latin America. Sofia, 1976.

Pantev, Andrei, Why Two Americas?. Sofia, 1991.

Pencheva, Eleonora. “Globalization, Regionalism and Socialism in Latin America,” Actas II Jornadas de Hispanismo 2009-2010, Departamento de Estudios Iberoamericanos Universidad de Sofia “San Clemente de Ojrid” Instituto Cervantes de Sofia. Sofia, 2015.

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--- Mexico: From Progressive Reforms Towards Capitalist Modernization, 1946-1952. ILA-RAN, Moscow, 1992. (PhD thesis)

--- Formation of the Statehood in Latin America Since the Discovery and Till the Wars for Independence. Sofia, 2003.

--- (Authorship of three university courses of Latin American Studies in NBU, Sofia University and Plovdiv University).

Shоpоv, Kiril. Brazil: From Castelo Branco till Dilma Rouseff. Sofia, 2012.

Sivilov, Alexander. The First 11th September. Chile 1973-1993. Sofia, 2013.

--- A Hug from the Bear. USSR and Latin America. Sofia, 2016.

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Stoyanov, Roumen – interview for Novinar newspaper, 04.02.2011

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How to Cite
Petroussenko, V. “Trajectory of Latin American Studies in Bulgaria : ”. Ad Americam, Vol. 21, Sept. 2020, pp. 117-24, doi:10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.08.