Where is Bulgaria ?
According to Eusebius of Caesarea, the Father of Church history, in 325 AD it was already in Europe. More - it was there before all other proud members of the European Union even thought of settling in Europe.
You don't believe it ?
See below Eusebius'map, reproduced in a manuscript of St. Hieronimus, from the British Museum At the time of the First Church Council in Nicea (325 AD), the name Bulgaria ("mesia hec & vulgaria" on the map) was already a toponymic fact near the Danube river and the Black Sea. It never ceased to exist afterwards, be it Bulgarian kingdoms, a Byzantine province or a part of the Ottoman empire.
Despite all "European" efforts, we preserved our name and the Bulgarian state and people still exist. We are proud of our ancestors.
And we know why.
Dr. Cenov, Gancho: "Proizhod na Bylgarite i nachalo na Bylgarskata dyrjava i Bylgarskata cyrkva" - 1910 , Sofia ("Origin of the Bulgarian People and Beginning of the Bulgarian State and Church")
Dobrev, Peter: "Bylgari, tiurki, slaviani" - 1996, Ed. Ogledalo , Sofia ("Bulgarians, Turks, Slavs")
Indoeuropean etymology of the word "Bulgarian"
|blka, blku||[anc. egyptian]||king's throne|
|brigu, bårgu||[sanskrit]||bright, shining|
|balhara||[sanskrit]||dinasty of Indian kings (al-Biruni)|
|bårk||[pamir]||brightness, greatness, glory|
|burdzhan||[anc. persian, scyth.]||high, high-up|
|bårg||[caucas., talish]||strong, mighty|
On-line books about the ancient Bulgarians
abridged translations by Vassil Karloukovski
Peter: Inscriptions and Alphabet of the Proto-Bulgarians
Dobrev, Peter: The language of the Asparukh and Kuber Bulgars. Vocabulary and grammar.
Dimitrov, Dimiter: History of the Proto-Bulgarians north and west of the Black Sea
Stamatov, Atanas: Tempora Incognitae of the Early Bulgarian History (Full version in Bulgarian see 1, 2 )