Author: Krasimira Marholeva
Charles University in Prague
Published in Slavyanski dialozi, XVII, 2020, 25

Abstract: The current article explores an important issue of Czech-Bulgarian cultural relationship during the second half of the XIXth century. More precisely, it assesses the process of beginning of the Bulgarian-Czech intercultural communication through education of young Bulgarians in Bohemia. I argue that the Czech educational system and the participation of Bulgarian students into the Czech cultural and educational organizations served as a means of establishing close contacts between the young Bulgarians and the leading representatives of Czech intelligentsia (P. Šafárik, V. Hanka, B. Němcová, etc.). During the 1860s some Bulgarian students and their Czech colleagues even endeavoured to found Bulgarian-Czech cultural organizations in which to disseminate knowledge of Bulgarian history, folklore and culture.

Keywords: Bulgarian students, Bohemia, Ivan Shopov, V. D. Stoyanov, P. J. Šafárik, V. Hanka, B. Němcová, cultural and educational organizations