The Macedonian Question: Britain and the Southern Balkans 1939-1949

Hardcover | June 1, 2008

byDimitris Livanios

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The Macedonian Question-the struggle for control over a territory with historically ill-defined borders and conflicting national identities-is one of the most intractable problems in modern Balkan history. In this lucid and persuasive study, Dimitris Livanios explores the British dimension tothe Macedonian Question from the outbreak of the Second World War to the aftermath of the Tito-Stalin split.Investigating British policy towards the Bulgar-Yugoslav controversy over Macedonia, the author assesses the impact of British actions and strategy during this period, with a particular focus on wartime planning concerning the future of Yugoslavia and Bulgaria, and attempts to prevent Tito fromcreating a federation of the South Slavs, both during and after the war. Making extensive use of British archives, Livanios brings to light important documentary evidence to offer a fresh perspective on the emergence of the federal Macedonian unit within Tito's Yugoslavia, and on the efforts tocreate a functioning Macedonian national ideology.

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The Macedonian Question-the struggle for control over a territory with historically ill-defined borders and conflicting national identities-is one of the most intractable problems in modern Balkan history. In this lucid and persuasive study, Dimitris Livanios explores the British dimension tothe Macedonian Question from the outbreak of...

Dimitris Livanios is Assistant Professor of History at the Aristotle University of Salonica, Greece.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.86 inPublished:June 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199237685

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AcknowledgmentsNotes on TransliterationAbbreviationsPart One: Weaving the Nessus shirt, 1870-19391. Introduction2. Tampering with the 'Sleeping Dogs': Britain and Macedonia, 1878-1935Part Two: Wartime, 1939-19453. Chronicle of Failures Foretold: Britain and Bulgar-Yugoslav Relations, 1939-19434. The Difficult Withdrawal: Britain and the Bulgarian Army in Yugoslav and Greek Macedonia, September-December, 19445. Ghost Resurrected: Bulgar-Yugoslav Negotiations for Federation, and the British Response, 1944-1945Part Three: From War to Cold War, 1945-19496. Between Centralism and Separatism: The Emergence of the Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 1944-19487. Britain and the Macedonian Question, 1945-19498. A loveless, but necessary, entanglementBibliography