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Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
(Bulgarian: Източна Румелия, Iztochna Rumeliya; Ottoman Turkish: روم الى شرقى‬‎, Rumeli-i Şarkî; Greek: Ανατολική Ρωμυλία, Anatoliki Romylia) was an autonomous territory (oblast in Bulgarian, vilayet in Turkish) in the Ottoman Empire, created in 1878 by the Treaty of Berlin and de facto ended in 1885, when it was united with the principality of Bulgaria, also under Ottoman suzerainty. It continued to be an Ottoman province de jure until 1908, when Bulgaria
Bulgaria
declared independence. Ethnic Bulgarians
Bulgarians
formed a majority of the population in Eastern Rumelia, but there were significant Turkish and Greek minorities. Its capital was Plovdiv
Plovdiv
(Ottoman Filibe, Greek Philippopolis).

Contents

1 History

1.1 Unification with Bulgaria

2 Government

2.1 Governors-General

3 Administrative divisions 4 Population and ethnic demographics 5 Ownership 6 Notes and references

6.1 Notes 6.2 References 6.3 Sources

7 External links

History[edit] Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
was created as an autonomous province within the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
by the Treaty of Berlin in 1878. The region roughly corresponded to today's southern Bulgaria, which was also the name the Russians proposed for it; this proposal was rejected by the British.[1] It encompassed the territory between the Balkan Mountains, the Rhodope Mountains
Rhodope Mountains
and Strandzha, a region known to all its inhabitants—Bulgarians, Ottoman Turks, Greeks, Roma, Armenians
Armenians
and Jews—as Northern Thrace. The artificial [2] name, Eastern Rumelia, was given to the province on the insistence of the British delegates to the Congress of Berlin: the Ottoman notion of Rumelia
Rumelia
refers to all European regions of the empire, i.e. those that were in Antiquity under the Roman Empire. Some twenty Pomak (Bulgarian Muslim) villages in the Rhodope Mountains
Rhodope Mountains
refused to recognize Eastern Rumelian authority and formed the so-called Republic of Tamrash. The province is remembered today by philatelists for having issued postage stamps from 1880 on. See the main article, Postage stamps and postal history of Eastern Rumelia. Unification with Bulgaria[edit] After a bloodless revolution on 6 September 1885, the province was annexed by the Principality of Bulgaria, which was de jure a tributary state but de facto functioned as independent. After the Bulgarian victory in the subsequent Serbo-Bulgarian War, the status quo was recognized by the Porte with the Tophane Agreement
Tophane Agreement
on 24 March 1886. With the Tophane Act, Sultan
Sultan
Abdul Hamid II
Abdul Hamid II
appointed the Prince of Bulgaria
Bulgaria
(without mentioning the name of the incumbent prince Alexander of Bulgaria) as Governor-General
Governor-General
of Eastern Rumelia, thus retaining the formal distinction between the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia[3] and preserving the letter of the Berlin Treaty.[4] However, it was clear to the Great Powers
Great Powers
that the union between the Principality of Bulgaria
Principality of Bulgaria
and Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
was permanent, and not to be dissolved.[5] The Republic of Tamrash
Republic of Tamrash
and the region of Kardzhali
Kardzhali
were reincorporated in the Ottoman Empire. The province was nominally under Ottoman suzerainty until Bulgaria
Bulgaria
became de jure independent in 1908. 6 September, Unification Day, is a national holiday in Bulgaria. Government[edit] According to the Treaty of Berlin, Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
was to remain under the political and military jurisdiction of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
with significant administrative autonomy (Article 13). The law frame of Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
was defined with the Organic Statute which was adopted on 14 April 1879 and was in force until the Unification with Bulgaria in 1885.[6] According to the Organic Statute the head of the province was a Christian Governor-General
Governor-General
appointed by the Sublime Porte
Sublime Porte
with the approval of the Great Powers. The legislative organ was a Provincial Counsel which consisted of 56 persons, of which 10 were appointed by the Governor-General, 10 were permanent and 36 were directly elected by the people. The first Governor-General
Governor-General
was the Bulgarian prince Alexander Bogoridi (1879–1884) who was acceptable to both Bulgarians
Bulgarians
and Greeks
Greeks
in the province. The second Governor-General
Governor-General
was Gavril Krastevich (1884–1885), a famous Bulgarian historian. Before the first Governor-General, Arkady Stolypin was the Russian Civil Administrator from 9 October 1878 to 18 May 1879. During the period of Bulgarian annexation Georgi Stranski
Georgi Stranski
was appointed as a Commissioner for South Bulgaria
Bulgaria
(9 September 1885 - 5 April 1886), and when the province was restored to nominal Ottoman sovereignty, but still under Bulgarian control, the Prince of Bulgaria was recognized by the Sublime Porte
Sublime Porte
as the Governor-General
Governor-General
in the Tophane Agreement
Tophane Agreement
of 1886. Governors-General[edit]

№ Portrait Name (Birth–Death) Term of Office

1

Aleksandar Bogoridi (1822–1910) 18 May 1879 26 April 1884

2

Gavril Krastevich (1813–1898) 26 April 1884 18 September 1885

3

Aleksandar Battenberg (1857–1893) 17 April 1886 7 September 1886

4

Ferdinand Sakskoburggotski (1861–1948) 7 July 1887 5 October 1908

Administrative divisions[edit]

Map of the administrative divisions of Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
before Bulgarian annexation.

Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
consisted of the departments (called in Bulgarian окръзи okrazi, in Ottoman terminology sanjaks ) of Plovdiv (Пловдив, Filibe), Tatarpazardzhik (Татарпазарджик, Tatarpazarcığı), Haskovo (Хасково, Hasköy), Stara Zagora
Stara Zagora
(Стара Загора, Eski Zağra), Sliven
Sliven
(Сливен, İslimye) and Burgas
Burgas
(Бургас, Burgaz), in turn divided into 28 cantons (equivalent to Bulgarian околии okolii, Ottoman kazas).[7] The cantons were:

Department of Plovdiv: Plovdiv, Konush (the canton seat was in Stanimaka), Ovchi Halm (seat in Golyamo Konare), Stryama (seat in Karlovo), Sarnena Gora (seat in Brezovo) and Rupchos (seat in Chepelare)b Department of Pazardzhik: Pazardzhik, Peshtera, Panagyurishte
Panagyurishte
and Ihtiman Department of Haskovo: Haskovo, Hadzhi Eles, Harmanli
Harmanli
and Kardzhalic Department of Stara Zagora: Stara Zagora, Kazanlak, Chirpan, Nova Zagora and Tarnovo Seymen Department of Sliven: Sliven, Yambol, Kazalagach, Kavakli
Kavakli
and Kotel Department of Burgas: Burgas, Anhialo, Karnobat
Karnobat
and Aytos

Population and ethnic demographics[edit]

Ethnic composition map of the Balkans
Balkans
by the German-English cartographer E. G. Ravenstein in 1870.

Ethnic composition map of the Balkans
Balkans
by A. Synvet in 1877, a French professor of the Ottoman Lyceum of Constantinople. It was considered as pro-Greek by later historians.[8]

Ethnic composition map of the Balkans
Balkans
from Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas, 1st Edition, Leipzig 1881.

Ethnic composition map of the Balkans
Balkans
by the German Geographer and Cartographer Heinrich Kiepert
Heinrich Kiepert
in 1882.

The earliest information on the ethnic demographics of Eastern Rumelia, before the first census was conducted, comes from ethnographic maps of the Balkans
Balkans
by Western cartographers. There is however little information on the actual population numbers of the different ethnic groups before 1878. According to a British report before the 1877–1878 war, the non-Muslim population (which were mostly Bulgarians) of Eastern Rumelia, was about 60% which proportion grew due to the flight and emigration of Muslims during and after the war.[9] The 1878 census show a population of 815946 people- 573,231 as Bulgarians
Bulgarians
(70,29%), 174,759 as Muslims (21,43%), 42,516 as Greeks (5,21%), 19,524 as Roma, 4,177 as Jews, 1,306 as Armenians.[10] The results of the first Regional Assembly elections of 17 October 1879 show a predominantly Bulgarian character: Of the 36 elected deputies, 31 were Bulgarians
Bulgarians
(86.1%), 3 were Greeks
Greeks
(8.3%) and two were Turks (5.6%).[11] The ethnic statistics from the censuses of 1880 and 1884 show a Bulgarian majority in the province. In the discredited[12] census of 1880, out of total population of 815,951 people some 590,000 (72.3%) self-identified as Bulgarians, 158,000 (19.4%) as Turks, 19,500 (2.4%) as Roma, and 48,000 (5.9%) belonged to other ethnicities,[13] notably Greeks, Armenians
Armenians
and Jews. The repetition of the census in 1884 returned similar data: 70.0% Bulgarians, 20.6% Turks, 2.8% Roma and 6.7% others.[14] The Greek inhabitants of Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
were concentrated on the coast, where they were strong in numbers,[15] and certain cities in the interior such as Plovdiv, where they formed a substantial minority. Most of the Greek population of the region was exchanged with Bulgarians
Bulgarians
from the Greek provinces of Macedonia and Thrace in the aftermath of the Balkan Wars
Balkan Wars
and World War I. Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
was also inhabited by foreign nationals, most notably Austrians, Czechs, Hungarians, French people
French people
and Italians. The ethnic composition of the population of Eastern Rumelia, according to the provincial census taken in 1884, was the following:[14]

Ethnicity (1884 census) Population Percentage

Bulgarians 681,734 70.0%

Turks 200,489 20.6%

Greeks 53,028 5.4%

Roma (Gypsies) 27,190 2.8%

Jews 6,982 0.7%

Armenians 1,865 0.2%

Total 975,030 100%

The population's ethnic composition in the Bulgarian provinces of Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Sliven, Yambol
Yambol
and Burgas, which have approximately the same territory as Eastern Rumeliad according to the 2001 census is the following:

Ethnicity (2001 census)[16] Population Percentage

Bulgarians 2,068,787 83.7%

Turks 208,530 8.4%

Roma (Gypsies) 154,004 6.2%

Armenians 5,080 0.2%

Russians 4,840 0.2%

Greeks 1,398 0.1%

Jews 251

Others 8,293 0.3%

Unspecified 21,540 0.9%

Total 2,472,723 100%

Ownership[edit]

Turkish refugees from Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
1885 - The Illustrated London News, author: Richard Caton Woodville, Jr.

Property abandoned by Muslims fleeing the Russian army during the 1877–1878 war was appropriated by the local population. The former owners, mostly large landholders, were threatened with trial by military court if they had committed crimes during the war, so that they would not return. Two Turkish landowners who did return were in fact sentenced to death thus preventing others from desiring to come back. Those Turkish landowners who were not able to take possession of their land were financially compensated, with the funds collected by the Bulgarian peasants, some of whom were indebted as a result. For those who did return a 10% property tax was issued, forcing many to sell off their property in order to pay the tax.[17][18] Michael Palairet claimed that land rights of Muslim owners were largely disregarded despite of being guaranteed by the powers and de-Ottomanization of Bulgaria
Bulgaria
and Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
led to the economic decline in the region,[19] which is contradicted by many other authors, who show rapid growth of the economy as well as rapid industrial development and growth of exports in Bulgaria
Bulgaria
after 1878.[20][21][22] Notes and references[edit] Notes[edit] ^a From 1885 Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
was de facto part of the Principality of Bulgaria ^b The western part of this canton refused to recognize the authority of Eastern Rumelia, formed the so-called Republic of Tamrash and in 1886 was ceded back to the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
by the Tophane Agreement ^c The canton of Kardzhali
Kardzhali
was ceded back to the Ottoman Empire by the Tophane Agreement ^d Burgas, Haskovo, and Pazardzhik
Pazardzhik
provinces also include territory that was not part of Eastern Rumelia, while other parts of Eastern Rumelia
Rumelia
are now in the provinces of Sofia, Smolyan and Kardzhali. The de facto independent Republic of Tamrash, which is now divided between the provinces of Smolyan and Plovdiv, didn't participate in the 1884 census. References[edit]

^ Luigi Albertini
Luigi Albertini
(1952), The Origins of the War of 1914, volume I (Oxford University Press), 20. ^ Balkan studies: biannual publication of the Institute for Balkan Studies, Volume 19, 1978, p.235 ^ Emerson M. S. Niou, Peter C. Ordeshook, Gregory F. Rose. The balance of power: stability in international systems, 1989, p. 279. ^ Stanley Leathes, G. W. (George Walter) Prothero, Sir Adolphus William Ward. The Cambridge Modern History, Volume 2, 1908, p. 408. ^ Charles Jelavich, Barbara Jelavich. The establishment of the Balkan national states, 1804-1920, 2000, p. 167. ^ See Hertslet, Edward (1891), "Organic Statute of Eastern Roumelia", The Map of Europe by Treaty; which have taken place since the general peace of 1814. With numerous maps and notes, IV (1875–1891) (First ed.), London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, pp. 2860–2865, retrieved 2012-12-28  ^ "Historical data about administrative-territorial structure of Bulgaria
Bulgaria
after 1878". National Statistical Institute of the Republic of Bulgaria.  ^ Robert Shannan Peckham, Map mania: nationalism and the politics of place in Greece, 1870–1922, Political Geography, 2000, p.4: "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2010.  ^ Studies on Ottoman social and political history: selected articles and essay, Kemal H. Karpat, p.370 ^ Bŭlgarii︠a︡ 1300-institut︠s︡ii i dŭrzhavna tradit︠s︡ii︠a︡: dokladi na tretii︠a︡ Kongres na Bŭlgarskoto istorichesko druzhestvo, 3-5 oktomvri 1981, p. 326 ^ Делев, "Княжество България и Източна Румелия", История и цивилизация за 11. клас. ^ Council of Europe, Ministers' Deputies, 6.1 European population committee (CDPO), Section 3 https://wcd.coe.int/wcd/ViewDoc.jsp?id=429995&Site=COE ^ "Eтнически състав на населението в България. Методологически постановки при установяване на етническия състав" (in Bulgarian). MIRIS - Minority Rights Information System. Retrieved 2 January 2010.  ^ a b "6.1 European population committee (CDPO)". Council of Europe. p. II. The Demographic Situation of Ethnic/minority Groups 1. Population Size and Growth.  ^ A Short History of Russia and the Balkan States, Donald Mackenzie Wallace, 1914, p.102 ^ http://www.nsi.bg/Census/Ethnos.htm ^ Jelavich, p. 164. ^ The Balkans
Balkans
since 1453; Leften Stavros Stavrianos, Traian Stoianovich; p. 442 ^ Palairet, Michael R.,"The Balkan Economies C.1800-1914: Evolution Without Development", 1997 [1] pp.174-202 ^ An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, Volume 2; Halil İnalcık, Donald Quataert; 1997; p. 381 ^ The Balkans
Balkans
Since 1453; Leften Stavros Stavrianos; 2000; p.425 ^ The Industrial Revolution in National Context: Europe and the USA; Mikulas Teich, Roy Porter; 1996; p.300

Sources[edit]

Делев, Петър; Валери Кацунов; Пламен Митев; Евгения Калинова; Искра Баева; Боян Добрев (2006). История и цивилизация за 11. клас (in Bulgarian). Труд, Сирма. 

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