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Product Details

  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Ireneusz Adam Slupkov; 1st edition (July 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8391276201
  • ISBN-13: 978-8391276204
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,377,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Ireneusz Adam Slupkov's book is an objective account of the tragic fate of Aegean Macedonia. Slupkov used all the scientific literature on policy of the CPG towards the Macedonian question. The author objectively assesses the policy of the CPG in the years 1918-1940. --Professor Kole Simiczijew, University of Wroclaw, Poland<br /><br />...What this book essentially offers us is a clear and concise after-the-fact account of the decisive role of the Communist Party of Greece in the tragic fate of the Macedonian people in the first half of the 20th century in Aegean Macedonia. --Professor Michael Seraphinoff, Macedonian Studies, Cardiff, Wales, UK<br /><br />..At different periods the 'Macedonian Question' has been at the heart of the Balkan politics. Ever since the partition of Macedonia in the Balkan Wars 1912/1913, Athens and Sofia, and Belgrade untill the Second World War have employed chauvinistic policies to prevent the development and nourishment of a Macedonian national sentiment. What is particularly repugnant in this context is that this long lasting process has been by and large ignored by the international academic community. This book tries to fill in this gap by thoroughly treating the attitude of the Greek Communist Party concerning the rights and the demands of the Macedonians of what is known as Aegean Macedonia (Northern Greece). It is both an excellent analysis of a specific case study and a powerful tool for further thinking by social scientists dealing with the "problem" of nationalism. The author has been able to critically assess the historical circumstances in which the Macedonians have worked on achieving autonomous rights in the Kingdom of Greece. --Professor Zhidas Daskalovski, University of Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia

...What this book essentially offers us is a clear and concise after-the-fact account of the decisive role of the Communist Party of Greece in the tragic fate of the Macedonian people in the first half of the 20th century in Aegean Macedonia. --Professor Michael Seraphinoff, Macedonian Studies, Cardiff, Wales, UK

..At different periods the 'Macedonian Question' has been at the heart of the Balkan politics. Ever since the partition of Macedonia in the Balkan Wars 1912/1913, Athens and Sofia, and Belgrade untill the Second World War have employed chauvinistic policies to prevent the development and nourishment of a Macedonian national sentiment. What is particularly repugnant in this context is that this long lasting process has been by and large ignored by the international academic community. This book tries to fill in this gap by thoroughly treating the attitude of the Greek Communist Party concerning the rights and the demands of the Macedonians of what is known as Aegean Macedonia (Northern Greece). It is both an excellent analysis of a specific case study and a powerful tool for further thinking by social scientists dealing with the "problem" of nationalism. The author has been able to critically assess the historical circumstances in which the Macedonians have worked on achieving autonomous rights in the Kingdom of Greece. --Professor Zhidas Daskalovski, University of Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia

About the Author

The author graduated in 1991 from Szczecin University, Poland. During his studies he specialized in Balkan history and the Greco-Macedonian national problem.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Risto Stefov on November 26, 2007
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What exactly happened after the 1912, 1913 Balkan Wars after Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria invaded, occupied and partitioned Macedonia? What effects did the 1919 Treaty of Neuilly, the 1920 Treaty of Sevres and the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne have on the indigenous population in Macedonia? How did the Communist Party of Greece treat the Macedonian question? How did the indigenous population of Macedonia become a minority on its native soil in less than four decades?
These are the kinds of questions Ireneusz Slupkov decisively tackles and provides answers to in his book "The Communist Party of Greece and the Macedonian National Problem 1918 - 1940". This book exposes anti-Macedonian policies and measures taken by successive Greek Governments since Macedonia's occupation in 1912. It is an important book not only because it adds to the body of knowledge, but because it brings into light past Balkan politics, particularly those of Greece, and the tragic effects they had and continue to have on the Macedonian people.
Human rights for minorities in Greece are non existent because Greece claims it has no minorities living on its soil barring the 2% Muslims. But how can a modern state carved out from a chunk of the multi-ethnic, multi-national Ottoman Empire have no minorities? More importantly, how can the Communist Party of Greece offer the non existent Macedonian identity incentives and downright independence if such an identity did not exist?
This book provides the answers. A good addition to Macedonian studies and a lovely gift to the Macedonian people.
Chris (Risto) Stefou
Author of the book "History of the Macedonian People from Ancient Times to the Present"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albert on November 29, 2007
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Es una obra fundamental para entender el actual contencioso entre Grecia y la República de Macedonia. Absolutamente recomendable para quienes se interesen por este tema y por la realidad de nuestros días en los Balcanes.

És una obra fonamental per entendre l'actual contenciós entre Grècia i la República de Macedònia. Absolutament recomanable per als qui s'interessin per aquesta qüestió i per la realitat dels nostres dies als Balcans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kerkemezos Georgios on February 17, 2008
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This is a much needed, serious and objective study of the policies pursued by the Greek Communist party about the formation and the recognition of the Macedonian National existence between the other Balkan Nations.

Well written and easy to read because of its excellent articulation the book offers to the reader the key points of the Macedonian drama during the 20th century and the unknown background and reasons of the sufferings of Macedonian people in their way to the National independence.

The historical background has been presented in a very appreciated and didactic way and the non-specialist will be properly given all the information and important facts in order to follow the argumentation, although this study gives in many points of the book the urge to go on forward and read more in order to find the details of the truth.

Very well documented and with annexed documents of great value for a thorough understanding : appendix, notes and bibliography and also two maps, it also contains a list of pertinent web sites on the question.

Of tremendous importance, the conclusions of the analysis greatly concern the actual developments in the region and help explaining the anti-Macedonian attitude of Greece in the last years bringing new light to what one can expect in the future.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor Bivell on November 26, 2007
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This is a much needed and well written book that tells the story from the Macedonian point of view. There is no shortage of books that tell the story of the lead up to and the events of the Greek Civil War from the Greek point of view. These invariably omit the Macedonian people altogether, or hide their identity by referring only to Communists. This book starts to correct that inaccuracy and bias. The Macedonians were interested in independence or at least autonomy. This book tells their side of the story. Highly recommended.
Victor Bivell
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More About the Author

The author graduated in 1991 from Szczecin University, Poland. During his studies he specialized in Balkan history and the Macedonian national problem in Greece. He also was interested in the situation of other nations without states as Basques and Catalans and other minorities in Europe. In 2000 he got a grant from Reno University and in 2001 he participated in a course learning Basque at the University of the Basque Country (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea) at Leioa participating in the USAC Program directed by Professor Félix Menchacatorre Egaña. During his studies he became acquainted with the situation and status of the Basque language in Spain (of great help were Alan King, Begotxu Olaizola Elordi and Michael Morris). He studied the Basque history under Professor Cameron Watson. In 2006 he published his first book "The Communist Party of Greece and the Macedonian national problem 1918-1940". In 2011 he published a changed and enlarged version of this book in Polish "Macedonski problem narodowy w Grecji w dokumentach Komunistycznej Partii Grecji 1918-1940". In 2012 he published a second edition of this book (soon the first edition will be published in the Czech Republic and enlarged edition in English) and "Macedonczycy w Grecji i Baskowie w Hiszpanii i Francji. Studium porownawcze" is a synthetic approach book of an unsolved Macedonian problem in Greece and Basque problem in Spain and France.The author participated in many European conferences dealing with the European national minorities (the Basque Country, Greece, Lausitz-Germany) and human rights issues(OECD-Warsaw, Poland).