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Introduction The Bulgarian Legal Vocabulary During The Middle Ages: Outlining The Problem. Objectives And Tasks Of The Study

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This chapter outlines specific problem in the investigations on mediaeval Bulgarian history and culture: the specific legal vocabulary. Whereas even after the adoption of Christianity the First Bulgarian Empire preserved a large number of institutions inherited from the pagan state of the Bulgars - institutions based on Eurasian Steppe traditions, the Second Bulgarian Empire was entirely under the influence of the Byzantine traditions of statehood. This explains why Byzantine legal culture dominated so categorically in Bulgaria during the latter period. The chapter endeavours to trace this process with respect to the legal vocabulary in a wider range of texts. The author presents his views on problems such as law and identity, law and values, law and language. He prepares a research on the entire legal vocabulary of the Bulgarian Middle Ages.

Keywords: Bulgarian legal vocabulary; middle ages



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