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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


Edited By Jim Hlavac and Victor Friedman

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.

The 1913 Partition and its Political and Socio-Political Consequences - Partitions, Mass Exchanges and Expulsions and their Social Consequences - Homeland and Transposed Macedonia Linguistic Perspectives - Pre-modern and Modern Macedonia Social Theory, Politics and Law