Title "Macedonianism and Macedonian Nationalism on the Left". In National Character and National Ideology in Interwar Eastern Europe, edited by Ivo Banac and Katherine Verdery, 219-254.
Author Rossos, Andrew
Publisher New Haven: Yale Center for International Area Studies
Annotation In this article, Rossos tries to present and explain a particular aspect of modern Macedonian nationalism – namely, its incontestable relationship to the communist movement in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Greece as well as to the international communist ‘headquarters’ in Moscow. As long as this connection is overemphasized by analysts denouncing the ‘Macedonianism’ as a communist-sponsored identity ‘mutation’, Rossos is extremely eager to show that, in the Interwar period, the Macedonian nationalism had already its long history and that the communist movement was just another one of its vehicles. Thus, he considers that the intertwining of Macedonian nationalism and Yugoslav etc. communism was a sort of ‘marriage of convenience’. However, both the continuity and the comparability between the first ‘Macedonianist’ projects (late 19th – beginning of the 20th century) and the Macedonian communist and national agenda from the 1930s on are dubious. In most of the cases, the Macedonian communist nationalists in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Greece had not a slightest idea about their forerunners who were often clerically and antisocialist oriented (e.g. Misirkov). A closer examination of number of cases from the 1930s-1940s would lead rather to the opposite conclusion – that the communism preceded or, at least, went together with a kind of Macedonian nationalism that was not necessarily preexisting. (also relevant to sub-fields 1, 3)
Author of Annotation Tchavdar Marinov
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