Macedonia and the Macedonians: A History

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This detailed volume surveys the history of Macedonia from 600 BC to the present day, with an emphasis on the past two centuries. It reveals how the so-called Macedonian question has long dominated Balkan politics, and how for well over a century and a half, it was the central issue dividing Balkan peoples, as neighboring Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia struggled for possession of Macedonia—and denied any distinct Macedonian identity.
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Overview

This detailed volume surveys the history of Macedonia from 600 BC to the present day, with an emphasis on the past two centuries. It reveals how the so-called Macedonian question has long dominated Balkan politics, and how for well over a century and a half, it was the central issue dividing Balkan peoples, as neighboring Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia struggled for possession of Macedonia—and denied any distinct Macedonian identity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780817948825
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Hoover Inst Press Publication
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 1,468,666
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Andrew Rossos was born in Greek (Aegean) Macedonia. He was educated in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), Canada, and the United States, receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is currently professor of history at the University of Toronto, Canada.
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Table of Contents

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1 Land and People at the Crossroads 1

Land 1

People 3

Pt. 1 From Argead Kingdom To Ottoman Vilayets (c. 600 Bc-c. AD 1800) 9

2 From Argeads to Huns (c. 600 BC-C. AD 600) 11

The Early Kingdom (c. 600-359 BC) 12

Expansion and Empire (359-323 BC) 14

Division and Decline (323-168 BC) 15

Roman and Byzantine Rule, Goths, and Huns (168 BC-C. AD 600) 17

3 Medieval, Slavic Macedonia (c. 600-c. 1400) 19

The Byzantine Commonwealth 19

The Slavic Invasions 22

Macedonia (c. 600-c. 850) 25

Bulgarian Rule (864-971) 26

Tsar Samuil's Macedonian Empire (971-1018) 28

Macedonia: Cradle of Slav Orthodox Culture 32

Byzantine Rule and Chaos (1018-c. 1400) 35

4 Ottoman Rule (c. 1400-c. 1800) 41

The Ottoman Administration and the Orthodox Millet 43

Ottoman Expansion and Decline 45

Ottoman Decline and the Balkans (c. 1600-c. 1800) 48

Macedonia: Ethnic Transformation, Resistance, Anarchy, and Cultural Stagnation 51

Pt. 2 National Awakening (c. 1800-1913) 59

5 Ottoman Reform and Decline (c. 1800-1908) 63

Macedonian Growth and Decline (1800-1870) 69

Propaganda War for Macedonia (1870-1900) 72

6 National Awakening and National Identity (1814-1913) 79

Historiography 79

Early Macedonian Nationalism (to 1870) 82

Paths to Nationhood (1870-1913) 87

7 The VMRO and Ilinden (1893-1903) 99

The VMRO (1893-1903) 100

Ilinden 106

Pt. 3 Strangers In Their Homeland (1913-1940) 115

8 Decline and Partition (1903-1919) 117

The VMRO's Decline and Split (1903-1908) 117

Intervention, Wars, and Partition (1903-1913) 121

Sequel: The Great War and the Peace Settlement 127

9 Macedonia in Three Parts (1920s and 1930s) 131

Partition andAssimilation 131

Yugoslav (Vardar) Macedonia 133

Greek (Aegean) Macedonia 141

Bulgarian (Pirin) Macedonia 148

Macedonianism Survives 153

10 Macedonian Nationalism: From Right to Left (1920s and 1930s) 155

Unification Aborted (1924) 155

The VMRO and Macedonian Nationalism on the Right 160

VMRO (ob.): Macedonian Nationalism on the Left 165

Pt. 4 Statehood And Independence (during And After The Second World War) 179

11 War and Revolution (1940-1949) 183

A New Partition (1941-1944) 183

Hostile Neutrality and Beyond (1941-1944) 186

Toward a Yugoslav Republic (1941-1944) 189

Greek and Bulgarian Macedonia (1941-1944) 197

Macedonians in a New Balkans (1944-1949) 202

12 Yugoslav Macedonia

Politics and Government (1944-1991) 213

Yugoslavia's New Dispensation (1944-1948) 214

Macedonia: Putting Dreams on Ice (1945-1948) 220

Yugoslav Communism (1948-1991) 226

Macedonia: A Junior Partner (1943-1991) 235

13 Economics, Culture, Minorities (1944-1991) 243

The Economy: Agriculture and Industry 243

Culture: Language, Education, and the Arts 249

National Minorities 256

14 Independent Republic (1991-2004) 261

Setting Up an Independent Republic 262

Seeking Foreign Recognition (1991-1995) 267

Politics in the 1990s: From Left to Right 273

Economic Problems 276

Macedonian-Albanian Relations 278

Bibliography 323

Index 349

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