Vasil Levski

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Vasil LevskiFirst name also transliterated as Vassil, nickname archaically written as Levsky in English (cf. MacDermott). This article employs the official Streamlined System for the Romanisation of Bulgarian. pronounced ) was the nickname of Vasil Ivanov KunchevFamily name also transliterated as Kunčev, Kountchev, Kuntchev, etc. (Васил Иванов Кунчев; 18 July 1837–18 February 1873), a Bulgarian revolutionary renowned as the national hero of Bulgaria. Dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, Levski ideologised and strategised a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Founding the Internal Revolutionary Organisation, Levski sought to foment a nationwide uprising through a network of secret regional committees.

Born in the sub-Balkan town of Karlovo to middle class parents, Levski became an Orthodox monk before emigrating to join the two Bulgarian Legions in Serbia and other Bulgarian revolutionary groups. Abroad, he acquired the nickname Levski, "Leonine". After working as a teacher in Bulgarian lands, he propagated his views and developed the concept of his Bulgaria-based revolutionary organisation, an innovative idea that superseded the foreign-based detachment strategy of the past. In Romania, Levski helped institute the Bulgarian Revolutionary Central Committee, composed of Bulgarian expatriates. During...
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