It is vitally obscure the nationwide coverage of any nation besides your individual. Neither is it at all times straightforward to know that. It’s, subsequently, with some hesitation I enterprise to clarify what, in my opinion, is the nationwide coverage of Bulgaria, in so far as she has at current any particular coverage, apart from that of ready the course of occasions. Placing collectively the various completely different opinions I’ve heard from natives and overseas residents within the nation, and after making due allowance for the bias of my informants, I’ve arrived at one or two conclusions which, if not fairly the reality, are, I fancy, very close to the reality. I’m satisfied that in the intervening time the nationwide ambition of the nation is confined inside very cheap limits. There could also be Bulgarian fans who, impressed by the traditions of the uncertain glories of a considerably hypothetical previous, sit up for the day when a Bulgarian empire could be reestablished with Constantinople as its capital. However I don’t imagine that any such aspirations are entertained by the nice mass of the folks. Amongst the Bulgarians there isn’t any dominant sentiment analogous to the grande idie of the Greeks.
Each Bulgarian entertains the assumption that inside the lifetime
Each Bulgarian entertains the assumption that inside the lifetime of the era now rising into manhood the Ottoman Empire in Europe can have change into a factor of the previous. There’s a very basic need that the last word answer of the Japanese Query ought to show equivalent to to safe the independence of Bulgaria, however there isn’t any need that Bulgaria ought to succeed to the inheritance of the Ottoman Empire. I fairly admit that such an aspiration can be much more unreasonable within the case of the Bulgarians than it’s in that of the Greeks. The Hellenic nation has a terrific previous, a grand literature, and has additionally massive colonies of fellow-Greeks settled over the entire face of the Levant Bulgaria can put ahead no pretensions of any equal worth. Her folks haven’t—and, I feel know that they haven’t—the qualities of a ruling race. No extra for that matter have the Greeks, however they fancy that they’ve, which makes all of the distinction. The Bulgars are courageous troopers, however they don’t seem to be—which is not at all the identical factor—a navy nation. A peasant State of small proprietors can by no means, as a group, be actuated by a blind need of conquest. By character, by customized, and by custom, the pursuits of Bulgaria are confined fairly nicely inside her personal borders; and the prospect of ruling over overseas international locations and alien races, even when such a prospect had been realizable, would have little attraction for the sober, matter-of-fact Bulgarian character.