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Eugene Schuyler and the Bulgarian Constitution of 1876

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Nation building has become a subject of international interest and domestic debate in the United States. Unintentionally, the United States was involved in the mapping and constructing of Bulgaria in the 1870s through the activities of a minor American diplomat, Eugene Schuyler. Eugene Schuyler's reports on the massacres of Bulgarians made it possible for him to raise relief funds. He also helped to transfer twenty Bulgarian orphans to Russia for adoption. The chapter examines Schuyler's second contribution: his role in composing the First Constitution of Bulgaria in 1876. N.A. Ignatiev involved Schuyler in the writing of the Constitution of Bulgaria not only because of his knowledge of law and his sympathy for Bulgarians, but also because he was credible.

Keywords: Bulgaria; Bulgarian constitution; Eugene Schuyler; N.A. Ignatiev; Russia



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