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Yura Konstantinova

Yura_KonstantinovaDr Yura Konstantinova isa Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Balkan Studies with Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her interest is in the field of Greek-Bulgarian relations in the 19th and the 20th centuries. Most of her research is dedicated to the political elites in the two countries and theirs mutual ideological influences. The political and economical relations between Bulgaria and Greece, their struggle for influence on the Balkans, their alliances and conflicts are also in the focus of her studies.

In 2006 she completed her PhD thesis The Balkan policy of Greece in the late 19th and the early 20th century, which was published as a monograph. Among the factors which influenced her professional development were her specializations in Greece with Fellowships from Panteion University, Andrew Mellon Foundation and Alexander Onassis Foundation. These specializations gave her the opportunity to conduct researches about Greek archival sources for Greek-Bulgarian relations in the late 19th and the early 20th century and about two prominent Greek politicians from the same period - Stephanos Dragoumis and Eleftherios Venizelos.

In April 2014 Yura Konstantinova published her second monograph Bulgarians and Greeks in struggle for the Ottoman legacy, which analyses the Greek-Bulgarian conflict in Macedonia and the related dilemmas of the people living in that province. The book presents the foreign policy goals of Greece and Bulgaria in the beginning of the 20th century and the methods by which the two countries are trying to implement them. It traces the rivalry between Bulgaria and Greece, analyses the reasons that made the Second Balkan War inevitable, and seeks answers to why the Bulgarian failed to fulfill its foreign policy goals.

Now Dr Konstantinova is preparing a new book about the Bulgarian community in Salonica in the early 20th century. The focus of her project at the LSE Ideas Centre is on the factors and reasons why Salonica lost its position of a leading international trade centre and the role of Bulgarians in this process. Salonica outlived uprisings, sieges, wars, but declined under the pressure of irreversible processes, which undermined the bases of its society. These social and ideological processes have some features in common with contemporaneous developments in worlds’ megalopolises. By analyzing them we can better understand the multiethnical societies in general.