Title "The Macedonian Question: The Politics of Mutation"
Author Kofos, Evangelos
Publisher Balkan Studies 27 no. 1, pp. 157-172.
Annotation The mainstream Greek historian, specialist in history of Macedonia, tries to explain the modern Macedonian nation as a result of an identity ‘mutation’ operated after 1944 by the Yugoslav communist state. According to Kofos, Tito’s leadership promoted the concept of ethnic Macedonians in order to assimilate, under this title, various Slavic (Bulgarians, Serbs, Moslem Slavs) and non-Slavic (Vlachs and Greeks) ethnic groups. The ultimate goal of Belgrade was a territorial enlargement through the annexation of the Greek (Aegean) and of the Bulgarian (Pirin) part of Macedonia. Although Kofos discloses in a credible way the motives of the Yugoslav Party and state leadership, his analysis remains too instrumentalist. Based exclusively on a perspective of ‘nation building from above’, this study omits all the identity developments ‘from below’ that made relatively easy the final construction of a Macedonian nation in the Yugoslav republic after 1944. However, the lack of a proper survey of the previous identity contexts and ‘mutations’ in Macedonia makes Kofos’ account too biased. (also relevant to sub-field 10)
Author of Annotation Tchavdar Marinov
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