Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 7, 2020, No. 2

Administrative-territorial structure of Kyustendil and its adjacent areas

during the Bulgarian National Revival

Shtelian D. Shterionov

Abstract. The main goal of the present study is to trace the administrative-territorial structure of Kyustendil and its adjacent areas during the Bulgarian National Revival. The analysis of the available source material allows to create an idea of the purposeful activity performed to correlate the region to the individual administrative-territorial units established in the Ottoman Empire at that time, its internal territorial differentiation and the functioning of the institutions and bodies established here and aimed at the implementa­tion of the State policy. It is necessary to conclude that during the reference period, the administrative-territorial structure of Kyustendil and its adjacent areas is characterised by continuity, complexity and pronounced dominance of the principle of centralization.

Keywords: history of Kyustendil during the period of the Bulgarian National Revival