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Plamen Tzvetkov was born on August 8, 1951 in Berlin (Germany) into a family of Bulgarian diplomats. He graduated with history major from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in 1976. In 1980 he defended his Ph.D. dissertation in Moscow State University on the topic: "Soviet policy of collective security and the Balkan countries during 1933-1935". In 1990 he published his habilitation work on "The European Powers, the Balkans and Collective Security (1933-1935)." From 1994 he began his lecturing work at the New Bulgarian University. In 1999 he defended the so-called higher doctoral thesis (Habilitationsschift) for the award of the degree "Doctor of Historical Sciences" on the theme "Small countries in the European policy during the time period of 1933-1939." Until 2000 he worked at the Institute for History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and from February 2002 he was named Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at New Bulgarian University where he taught until his death in November 2015. In 2007 Prof. Tzvetkov was given the NBU award for Best Professor of the Year.