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Is there convincing evidence that the language of Bulgars (proto-Bulgarians) was not Turkic, but Indo-European?

The question is asking about inconsistency between culture (as tracked by linguistics) and genetics. Its important to understand that those are two very different things. People being ...well... ...
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Where do Bulgarians originate from?

Bulgarians and Hungarians actually have very different histories. Neither one of them really could be said to have ever been Turks1, although they may have borrowed some things from Medieval Turkic-...
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Why did Hitler treat the Slavs inconsistently?

Hitler's racial policy was based not on anything to do with biology, but rather on who he wanted to be friends with in foreign policy. Semaphore♦ 9 hours ago ...he didn't actually have policies. He ...
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Where do Bulgarians originate from?

There is a difference between a Bulgar and a Bulgarian. A Bulgar was a member of a medieval group of nomads which traveled west through Asia and into Europe. A Bulgarian is a modern day citizen of a ...
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How were the Bulgarians regarded by the Nazis during World War II?

The Nazis did not spend that much time regarding Bulgaria. The country was important for access to Greece and, eventually maybe, Turkey and the Middle East. Its tobacco kept German soldiers in ...
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How were the Bulgarians regarded by the Nazis during World War II?

Unfortunately the answers here expressed earlier are wrong. Hitler hated the slavs. Hitler did NOT consider bulgarians to be slavic. "The idea that bulgarians are slavs is nonsense, bulgarians are ...
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Why were there "Tributary States" to the Ottoman Empire?

This is (at least in part) caused by Britain and their balance of power strategy. The Ottoman empire was viewed somewhere between 'not a threat' yet 'integral to the balance of Europe'. A Russia ...
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Why was Bulgaria at war with both the Allied and the Axis at the end of WWII?

That time frame, from Sept. 8 to October 28 1944, corresponds to the time period in which Nazi forces were driven out of Bulgaria by the Red Army during the Jassy-Kishinev Offensive following the ...
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How was Ivaylo's Bulgarian peasant army able to repel the Mongols?

Actually, others had not failed. 30 years earlier Ivan Ashen II had also driven the Mongols out of Bulgaria. The mountainous terrain in the central spine of the country makes it not the best terrain ...
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How was Ivaylo's Bulgarian peasant army able to repel the Mongols?

He didn't "repel" anything and I doubt Ivaylo defeated any significant Mongolian force. What it says in an article "Les Mongols dans les Balkans" by Gaston Cahen in Revue Historique (T. 146, Fasc. 1, ...
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What were the relations between Romania and Bulgaria before WWI?

If the question was to be reformulated as "What were relations between Romania and Bulgaria before the Second Balkan War?", the relation between the two countries could be qualified as ...
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What were the relations between Romania and Bulgaria before WWI?

Prior to World War I, Romania, which had gained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877, feared Russian aggression, and the Pan Slav movement. As such, it aligned with, but did not formally join ...
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What is the origin of the name of Kondofrej, Bulgaria?

In fact, I am deeply convinced that the most probable candidate is Guigues IV, Count of Forez (Comte de Forez): (there are two numbering schemes for the Forez Counts with the most exact name being ...
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Can it be claimed there were Bulgarians in the Balkans before 681 AD?

Short answer: If by "Bulgarians" you understand Slavic people living south of the Danube around the Balkan mountains (today's Bulgaria), then yes, such people already existed there — and not ...
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Why did Hitler treat the Slavs inconsistently?

Very good question where the answer is AFAIK still open and I think you also pointed out the discrepancies well. Some possible explanations: Ideology (Lebensraum). As you can see in the wikipedia ...
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Is Bulgaria the only country in modern history to have gained territory after being on the losing side of a war?

Examples of the losing side getting a net gain in land could be hard to find, but some countries got some land despite being in the losing side. Spain was in the losing side in the Seven Years war. ...
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Is Bulgaria the only country in modern history to have gained territory after being on the losing side of a war?

The question is based on wrong premises: Bulgaria entered the war on the Axis side for many reasons, first of which being it gained territory on Romania (which was part of Axis as well). Many reasons ...
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Is there convincing evidence that the language of Bulgars (proto-Bulgarians) was not Turkic, but Indo-European?

I found your question when I stumbled on this exact article and was puzzled by the exact same issues you pointed out. The accepted answer summarizes it perfectly, I'm just adding my 2 cents. I am ...
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Would there have been racially mixed student bodies in schools in communist Bulgaria?

The Turkish minority in Bulgaria is homegrown, they are not immigrants. I think they are not perceived as "foreign" or "racially distinct". Most cultural exchange with people from foreign countries ...
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Would there have been racially mixed student bodies in schools in communist Bulgaria?

In the 1980's Bulgaria was nominally Communist to appease the neighboring USSR, but was effectively an autocracy. This made them one of the most unfree societies in the world, and drastically ...
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Where do Bulgarians originate from?

The modern Bulgarians are by DNA a mixture of 55% old Balkan,30.5% Nordic and Germanic,13% Slavic/eastern European, 1.5% central asian population. The so called Bulgars were a small 30 000 people ...
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Where do Bulgarians originate from?

Bulgarians are descents of Slavic peoples who migrated to the balkans and various Eastern Roman citizens (Thracians,illyrians and Greeks). In the year 680AD, a semi-nomadic peoples from a country ...
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Why did Hitler treat the Slavs inconsistently?

I can only comment on one aspect of this, which is occupied Poland. Though this may be illustrative more generally. This subject is discussed in detail by the BBC documentary series 'The Nazis: A ...
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Why were there "Tributary States" to the Ottoman Empire?

The "western" countries had a common fear of Russian expansion, particularly through the "straits" around Constantinople, and in the Balkans and the Middle East generally. This fear was expressed in ...
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Would there have been racially mixed student bodies in schools in communist Bulgaria?

I know from my parents, that there were many Vietnamese students and some students from different African countries in the Bulgarian universities. Some of them even stayed in the country after they ...
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Would there have been racially mixed student bodies in schools in communist Bulgaria?

I am more familiar with the Romanian situation, but African and Middle East countries with "Marxist" orientation used to sent engineers to follow specialization courses and students to study ...
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