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On Macedonian Matters: from the Partition and Annexation of Macedonia in 1913 to the Present

A Collection of Essays on Language, Culture and History

by Jim Hlavac (Volume editor) Victor Friedman (Volume editor)
©2015 Edited Collection 448 Pages

Summary

Since the fall of communism in 1989, cross-border co-operation between neighbouring states has become a feature of the 'common European home' project. A prominent exception to this trend is Macedonia which today is still subjected to blockade politics and the absence of respect and recognition for Macedonian language, nationality and ethnicity. As a part of Europe under the control of the Ottomans until 1912, Macedonia was less captured by the allure of national romanticism than other areas of Europe, and an embryonic notion of multi-national statehood appeared there. This notion was based on local and regional practices that encompassed groups with different linguistic, cultural and religious heritages rather than being based exclusively on ethnic or religious affiliations. Such a conception of 'nation' ­ which could perhaps provide an aspirational model for many post-industrial, multi-cultural societies in Western Europe in the 21st century ­ was suppressed by the 19th-century nationalism that still characterises much of European politics. This multi-disciplinary book of 15 papers features contributions from historians, political analysts, social theorists, linguists, educationalists and legal specialists tracing the consequences of the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) and the partition of Macedonia on the social, cultural and linguistic landscape of this region.

Details

Pages
448
Year
2015
ISBN (PDF)
9783866885356
ISBN (Softcover)
9783866885349
DOI
10.3726/b11890
Language
English
Publication date
2015 (January)
Keywords
multi-national statehood Balkan Wars multi-cultural societies fall of communism Macedonia
Published
München, Berlin, Leipzig, Washington D.C., 2015. 448 S. mit Abb.

Biographical notes

Jim Hlavac (Volume editor) Victor Friedman (Volume editor)

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