Bromley specialised in studying the South Slavs. He became Director of the Institute of Ethnography at the Soviet Academy of Sciences in 1966 and held the post until 1989. He wrote more than 300 texts, although he did not engage in fieldwork himself.
Ernest Gellner described him as leading a minor revolution in anthropology, which consisted of turning ethnography into the study of ethnos-es, often referred to as ethnicity by western anthropologists
- The Routledge Dictionary of Anthropologists by Gérald Gaillard, Peter James Bowman, Routledge, 2002
- Ethnicity: Anthropological Constructions by Marcus Banks, 1996
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