Title "Between the Necessity and the Impossibility of a ‘National History’". In Clio in the Balkans. The Politics of History Education, 265-275.
Author Jordanovski, Nikola
Publisher Salonica: Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe
Annotation In this short essay, Jordanovski, a non-mainstream Macedonian historian, questions certain uncritical assumptions of the Macedonian and of the other Balkan historiographies. He challenges the long historical continuity claimed by the academia of the former Yugoslav republic and tries to understand the Macedonian nation as a specific modern construct. He acknowledges the existence of various ‘Macedonian-originated nationalisms’ (Greek, Bulgarian and Slav Macedonian) that historically substituted and/or entered in competition with each other. Jordanovski likewise considers that the Macedonian identity is ‘a clear case of self-definition by exclusion’ and that certain particularities that would otherwise be insufficient to articulate a distinct nationality crystallized in certain circumstances in order to be institutionalized only after 1944. According to the historian, the ‘only really functional myth’ (in Anthony Smith’s sense) that previously surpassed mutually exclusive loyalties and identifications was the name Macedonia itself. However, certain observations of Jordanovski seem short of evidence and reproduce some mainstream stereotypes: for instance, his idea that during the 19th century the Slav peasants ‘called their vernacular just ours’ (p. 267) etc.

See also his studies on the Macedonian historical textbooks in the same collective volume. (also relevant to sub-field 12)

Author of Annotation Tchavdar Marinov
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