Stefan Stambolov (1887 – 1894)

“THE FIRST SIGN of true political wisdom has always been the ability to give up the unachievable,” Stefan Zweig wrote. Of all post-liberation Bulgarian statesmen Stefan Stambolov seems to be the best example of the validity of this rule. He is the most enthusiastically praised and the most violently denounced politician in Bulgaria’s modern history, and what could be a better proof that he was an extraordinary personality?

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