Updated: 5 September 2016.
History & Timeline of Bulgaria
Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.
First Bulgarian Empire
Bulgarian state founded as the First Bulgarian Empire begins.
Bulgaria is under the Byzantine Empire.
Treaty of San Stefano
Russia and Turkey recognize an autonomous Bulgaria.
Eastern Rumelia Merged with Bulgaria
Adds a sizable portion to the country, including the city Plovdiv.
Bulgarian Declaration of Independence
Independence from the Ottoman Empire was proclaimed on 5 Oct.
World War I
Bulgaria is on Germany’s side during WWI.
First free elections after Soviet rule.
Becomes Member of NATO
Becomes Member of European Union
Schengen Membership Needs Work
Some European countries, specifically France and Germany, block Bulgaria from joining the Schengen Are until corruption and organized crime drops way down.