Claiming Macedonia: The Struggle for the Heritage, Territory and Name of the Historic Hellenic Land, 1862-2004

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For nearly 130 years, the Greeks, the Bulgarians, and the Yugoslavs have fought over the question of who has the historical and demographic rights to use the name "Macedonia." Historically the land of Philip II and Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Mount Olympus and the Greek gods, Macedonia boasts an impressive cultural heritage that the Greeks have claimed as their own. In 1991, a state resulting from the breakup of Yugoslavia proclaimed itself Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), angering the Greeks and adding fuel to the persistent dispute. This book argues the Macedonian question from a Greek perspective. It questions FYROM's right to the Macedonian name, arguing that Greece possesses the historical, cultural, linguistic, anthropological and demographic ties to the legacy of Alexander. Research examines the origins of the dispute between Hellenism and Bulgarism, the Balkans wars, the world wars and the rise of Tito's communism in Yugoslavia. The book also shows, step by step, the misconceptions about the legacy of Macedonia as promulgated by international communism, and carefully analyzes communism's role as the main protagonist in the formation of the new state and as a pivotal source fomenting and fueling the Greek Civil War. Cover to cover, it traces the conflict's change from an initial struggle between Hellenism and Bulgarism to the present dispute between Athens and Skopje.

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George C. Papavizas has lectured in many countries, published over 200 scientific papers and edited several books. He lives in Maryland.

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"Papavisas has written a thoughtful account of the Macedonian issue, unlike any other publication to date. He examines the nature of Hellenic Macedonia and traces Macedonia's Hellenic past. He focuses on the deliberate creation of a fraudulent history to promote wholesale misconceptions about Macedonia's past and present. The author gives us a clear insight to the evolution of the problem from its beginnings as a Bulgarian land grab, through a Communist historical hoax to the present dispute with the Skopje, FYROM, government. He gives us a very comprehensive study of the issue from an accurate historical, cultural and political perspective. To those wishing to understand the Hellenic viewpoint, the author's comprehensive study covers the conflict from initial stages to the present challenges. To his credit, the author certainly has achieved this lofty goal and his book is a must read to Hellenes and Philhellenes that want both historical accuracy and the preservation of heritage. In the words of former Congressman John Brademas, 'The proper teaching of history can be crucial in promoting tolerance and peace.' To this noble end, George Papavisas has given new meaning and appreciation to the 'Macedonian Question' and Hellenic heritage."--Hellenic Cultural Commission; "The manuscript, as written, provides an excellent account of events that preceded the fragmentation of Yugoslavia and the convulsions it brought about in the region. Thus far it is the best and most comprehensive analysis of the Macedonian issue that politicians and policy-makers will be well advised to read."--Nikolaos AS. Stavrou, Professor International Affairs (Emeritus) Howard University

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Book Description McFarland Co Inc, United States, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Who is Macedonian? For nearly 150 years, two peoples have fought over that question. Historically the land of Philip II and Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Mount Olympus and the Greek gods, Macedonia boasts an impressive cultural heritage that both northern Greeks and former Yugoslavs have claimed as their own. In 1991, a nation resulting from the breakup of Yugoslavia proclaimed itself the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), angering Hellenic Macedonians and adding fuel to the persistent dispute. This book argues the Macedonian question from a Greek perspective. It questions FYROM s right to the Macedonian name, arguing that Greeks possess greater historical, cultural, genetic, linguistic and anthropological ties to the legacy of Alexander than do their historically Slavic neighbors to the north. Research examines the origins of the dispute between Hellenism and Bulgarism in the nineteenth century, the world wars and the rise of Tito s communist regime in Yugoslavia, communism s co-opting of the Macedonian title and subsequent interference in the Greek Civil War, and the Macedonian question today. Cover to cover, it traces the conflict s change from an initial border dispute to a modern war over culture, with two mutually exclusive claims. Bookseller Inventory # AAN9780786423231

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