Irina Grigorova

Chief Assist. Prof., PhD

E-mail: grigorova_irina(at)abv(dot)bg


Bulgarian Foreign Policy, Economic Exchanges and Cultural Contacts in the context of the International Relations throughout the Cold War



2008 – PhD in History, Institute for Historical Studies, BAS, Doctoral Thesis: „Bulgarian-French relations during the presidency of General de Gaulle (1958 – 1969)”.

2003 – Master of History, Department of Contemporary History, Faculty of History, Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski”, Master thesis on „The Schuman Plan. The Foundation of the ECSC”.

2002 – Bachelor of History, Faculty of History, Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski”.

Positions held

2011 onward – Senior Assistant in the Institute for Historical Studies, BAS.

2009 – 2011 – Research Fellow in the Institute for Historical Studies, BAS.

Degree and academic rank

Senior Assist., PhD

Participation in joint projects

„Bulgaria: Economics and Policy during the Détente 1960s – 1970s”, scient. dir.: prof. Iliyana Marcheva


English, French, Russian



Bulgarian-French Relations during the Presidency of General de Gaulle (1958 – 1969). Sofia. Publishing house Albatros. 2009. 288 pp. ISBN: 978-954-751-096-8 [in Bulgarian].

Collective works

Autobiographie de Gr. S. Parlitchev (1830-1892). Istanbul. Ed. Isis (Les Cahiers du Bosphore), Irina Grigorova & Raia Zaimova (eds.). Introduction par Raymond Detrez. 2012. 84 p. ISBN 978-975-428-472-0


  • Cold War Chinese Policy of France. In: review Istoriya /History/, 2019 (vol. 27), No 4, pp. 372-395. [in Bulgarian]
  • Bulgaria in the Foreign Economic Policy of France (1944-1980). In: Proceedings of the Regional Historical Museum – Gabrovo. 2018. Vol. VI, pp. 171-184. [in Bulgarian].
  • Aspects de la politique bulgare dans les Balkans dans le contexte de la préparation et l’exécution de CSCE. In : Bulgarian Historical Review, 2017, No. 3-4, pp. 187-213.
  • The French Cultural Policy in Bulgaria (1940s – 1980s). In: online review Dzialo, 2017, No. 10, 27 p. [in Bulgarian] (
  • Diplomatic Role of Bulgaria and France towards the Helsinki Final Act (1975). In: review Istoriya (History), 2017 (25), No. 2, pp. 141-158. [in Bulgarian]
  • Spécificité des relations algéro-bulgares (1962–1965). In: Bulgarian Historical Review, 2016, No. 1-2, pp. 66-87.
  • French newspapers’ presentation of events in Bulgaria at the end of the Second World War. In: Proceedings of the International scientific conference „The Great Powers, the Balkans and Bulgaria during World War II”, 21 – 23 April 2015 г., „G. S. Rakovski” National Defence College, under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria. Sofia, 2016, pp. 332-346. [in Bulgarian]
  • Craving the support – France in the Bulgarian-Yugoslavian dispute during the first half of the 1970s. In: Shared Pasts in Central and Southeast Europe, 17th–21st Centuries: Hungarian and Bulgarian Approaches (Eds. Penka Peykovska, Gabor Demeter). Sofia–Budapest. 2015, pp. 329-344.
  • Bulgarian cultural activity in France during the 1970s. In: Proceedings of the IVth National Conference of Archeology, History and Cultural tourism TRAVELING TO BULGARIA – „Bulgaria in the European culture, science, education, religion”, Shumen, 14–16 May 2014, Vol. 2. Shumen. 2015, pp. 182-190. [in Bulgarian].
  • State Policy for High Performance Sport in Bulgaria 1944–1989. In: Istoricheski pregled (Historical Review), 2013, No. 5-6, pp. 266-285 [in Bulgarian].
  • Government policy for Development of Sport and Physical Activity among the Bulgarian Population 1944–1989. In: Istoricheski pregled, 2013, No. 3-4, pp. 186-200 [in Bulgarian].
  • The Soviet and Bulgarian actions towards the realization of the Helsinki engagements in the second half of the 1970s and the Western countries. In: Russian-Bulgarian scientific discussions. The Russian and the Bulgarian State: problems of the interactions, XIX-XXI c. Moscow. 2014, pp. 231-249 [in Russian].
  • Problems of the Bulgarian-French joint ventures (first half of the 1970s). In: Proceedings of the Regional Historical Museum – Gabrovo. 2013. Vol. 1, pp. 275-288. [in Bulgarian].
  • Introduction of Renault Automobile Production in Bulgaria – Successes and Failures. In: Istoricheski pregled, 2013, No. 1-2, pp. 182-199. [in Bulgarian]
  • L’évaluation de la politique française dans les Balkans d’après les documents diplomatiques bulgares (la première moitié des années 1970). In. Bulgarian Historical Review, 2013, No. 3-4, pp. 111-124.
  • Hesitations and Determination: Technical Contacts between Bulgaria and EEC in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In: Istoricheski pregled, 2012, No. 5-6, pp. 127-144. [in Bulgarian]
  • Accent in the French Foreign Policy: Eastern Europe in the Official Speeches and the Press Conferences of President Georges Pompidou (1969-1974). In: review Minalo (Past), 2013, No. 1, pp. 74-84 [in Bulgarian].
  • Attracting French Tourists to Bulgaria. Outlines of State Policy in the Field of Tourism and the Promotion of Bulgarian Culture and National Historical Sites until the mid-1970s. In: Proceedings of the Third National Conference of Archeology, History and Cultural tourism TRAVELING TO BULGARIA – „Bulgaria in the World Culture Inheritance”, Shumen, 17–19 May 2012. Shumen. 2014, pp. 1110-1120. [in Bulgarian]
  • Bringing Western Technology to Bulgarian Regional Economic Planning in the years of Communist Rule – the case of Vratsa. In: Regions, Borders, Societies, Identities in Central and Southeast Europe, 17th-21st centuries. Bulgarian-Hungarian History Conference, Sofia, 16-17 May 2012. Papers. (Eds. Penka Peykovska, Gabor Demeter). Sofia-Budapest. 2013, pp. 252-261.
  • Algeria’s Foreign Policy Priorities in the first years of the National Independence. In: Istoricheski pregled, 2012, No. 1-2, pp. 136-161. [in Bulgarian]
  • Some Comparisons between the American and French Understandings of the Bulgarian Policy towards the Balkans during the 1960s. In: Izvestia na darjavnite arhivi (Proceedings of the State archives), 2011, No. 101, pp. 3-30. [in Bulgarian]
  • Rebuilding of the Bulgarian Trade with the West, Development of the Trade Exchanges and the Economic Relations with France and Protection of the Bulgarian Interests. The Minister of Foreign Trade Ivan Budinov (1962 – 1968). In: Proceedings of the Historical Museum of Stara Zagora, 2011, vol. IV – Proceedings of the Conference „Personality in history”, Regional Historical Museum – Stara Zagora, 22-23 April 2010., pp. 211-224. [in Bulgarian].
  • Party Rivalries in the Bulgarian Political Life. The Example of the Emigration Opposition left for France. In: review Minalo, 2009, No. 3, pp. 68-75 [in Bulgarian].
  • The History of the Production of Renault in Bulgaria. In: Bulgarian historical review, 2009, No. 1-2, pp. 158-163.
  • From an Enemy to a Hero. The Image of General de Gaulle in Bulgaria (1958 – 1966). In: Izvestia na Balgarskoto istorichesko drujestvo (Proceedings of the Bulgarian Historical Society), Sofia, 2008, vol. 40, pp. 238-246 [in Bulgarian].
  • Bulgarian Language in France during the 1960s. Problems of Its Teaching, an Interest in Studying It. In: review Minalo, 2007, No. 4, pp. 54-69 [in Bulgarian].
  • Les créances financières françaises en Bulgarie et leur règlement au milieu des années 50 du XXe siècle. In: Bulgarian historical review, 2007, No. 1-2, pp. 36-66.

Academic reviews

  • Vladimir Migev. Savetskata perestroika i balgarskata obshtestvenost/The Soviet Perestroika and the Bulgarian Society (1985 – 1990). Sofia, 2017, 134 p. In: review Minalo, 2018, No. 2, pp. 92-96. [in Bulgarian]
  • Vladimir Migev. Balgarskite pisateli i politicheskiat jivot v Balgaria [Bulgarian Writers and the Political Life in Bulgaria]. Part II (1971-1989). Sofia. 2014. In: Istoricheski pregled, 2014, No. 3-4, pp. 220-226. [in Bulgarian]
  • Les pays d’Europe orientale et la Méditerranée. Relations et regards croisés, 1967-1989. Houda Ben Hamouda, Nicolas Badalassi (Eds.). Paris. Les cahiers IRICE, 2013/1 (n° 10), 180 p. In : Istoriycheski pregled, 2014, No. 3-4, pp. 227-238. [in Bulgarian]
  • In Memoriam. Ass. prof. Stoyan Pintev (23 January 1946 – 7 October 2010) In: Istoricheski pregled, 2010, No. 5-6, pp. 228-230 [in Bulgarian]; In Memoriam. Le professeur associé Dr. Stoyan Pintev (le 23 janvier 1946 – le 7 octobre 2010). In: Bulgarian Historical Review, 2010, No. 3-4, pp. 218-220.
  • Sashka Milanova. Saiuzat na jurnalistite v «politicheskata presa» na vlastta 1944-1960 (The Union of Journalists in the „Political Press” of the Leadership 1944–1960). In: Istoricheski pregled (Historical review), 2009, No. 5-6, pp. 220-225 [in Bulgarian].


  • Bulgarian-Chinese Scientific Conference „Bulgaria and China: Historical Parallels in the Attempts at Modernization from the End of World War II to the Beginning of the 21st Century”, Sofia, 1th November 2019
    with the topic:
    Cold War Chinese Policy of France.
  • International Conference “France, the USSR, and the End of the Cold War, 1975-1991”, organized by Universities Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III in partnership with the Gorbachev Foundation (Moscow) and the Institut François Mitterrand (Paris). Sorbonne, January 24-25th, 2014.
    with the topic:
    The Aftermath of the CSCE, France and the Pressure over East-European Countries for a Cultural „Ouverture”.
  • and in many (more than 15) other conferences.