Petar Dobrev was born in Varna in 1985. In 2013 he received a MA in History at the Faculty of History, Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“. In 2016 he became an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Balkan history at the Department of History of Byzantium and the Balkans at the Faculty of History, Sofia University. In 2019 he received his PhD with the dissertation: “The Holevich Family – Agrarian Capitalists in the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria and Romania (19-20th c.).
His research interests include the social history of the Balkans, agrarian history, history of Dobrudja and the history of the leftist movements in the Balkans.
Although small in percentage, until September 9, 1944 in Bulgaria there was an influential layer of large landowners. The so-called chiflikchii owned large farms mainly in Dobrudja, which was returned to the borders of the country with the Craiova Agreement of 1940. In addition to adapting to the change of state borders, this stratum would soon experience a change of regime. If initially the new communist government was relatively tolerant of the big landowners, then at the end of 1947 the regime began a serious attack on them as "kulaks". In my research I will follow the liquidation of large land holdings in the region of Dobrudja, which in terms of historiography has so far remained in the shadow of the general processes of collectivization in Bulgaria.