Bulgarians

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The Bulgarians (Bulgarian: българи, pronounced [ˈbɤɫɡɐri]) are a South Slavic people,[43] generally associated with the Republic of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian language. Emigration has resulted in Bulgarian minorities or immigrant communities in a number of other countries.

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Ethnogenesis

The modern Bulgarians have descended from several main groups, which mixed in the Balkans during the 6th–10th century: Thraco-Byzantyne and Traco-Roman local population; Slavic invaders, who gave their language to the modern Bulgarians; and the Bulgars, from whom the ethnonym and the early statehood were inherited.

The ethnic contribution of the indigenous Thracian and Daco-Getic population was determined by some recent genetic studies.[44] The ancient languages of the local people had already gone extinct before the arrival of the Antes (Eastern Slavs), mostly due to Hellenization since the antiquity and to a lesser degree to Romanisation during Roman rule. Their cultural influence was highly reduced due to the repeated barbaric invasions on the Balkans during the early Middle Ages by Goths, Celts, Huns, and Sarmatians, accompanied by Byzantine influence and later slavicisation. The Celts had also expanded down the Danube river and its tributaries in 3rd century BC. They had established a state on part of the territory of modern Bulgaria with capital Tylis, which they ruled for over a century.

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