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Collective memory, national identity, and ethnic conflict : Greece, Bulgaria, and the Macedonian question /
Victor Roudometof.
imprint
Westport, Ct. : Praeger, 2002.
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xii, 265 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0275976483 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Ct. : Praeger, 2002.
isbn
0275976483 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4757546
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Victor Roudometof is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Gerontology and Anthropology at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-10-01:
Roudometof (Hellenic studies, Princeton Univ.) analyzes various controversial constructions of Macedonian identity in Greece and Bulgaria, especially following the 1991 declaration of independence by the People's Republic of Macedonia (now the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia). Couched in the tropes of "invented tradition" and "imagined community," the "Macedonian Question" is analyzed in terms of collective memory and national identity, regional identifications and national constructions, and nationalist and citizenship agendas. The study also addresses the role of the sizeable Albanian presence in the region. Well-versed in the arsenal of ideological weapons employed by "banal nationalism," Roudometof locates the "national narrative" in a Foucauldian genealogy of the quest for origins, continuity, past glories, and destiny. In doing so, he addresses the role of cultural representations and state institutions but neglects the power of grounded specifics of the "national geography" and "geographies of identity." Successive chapters address the events of the 1990s, the particulars of the "Macedonian narrative," the historical evolution of Macedonian identity, the role of minorities, and, in particular, the "Albanian Question." Powerfully footnoted and referenced, albeit with somewhat muddy maps, this volume presents a definitive examination of the Macedonian Question and constitutes a valuable addition to the growing list of case studies on the politics of national identity. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. Osborne Queen's University at Kingston
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'œ[A] serviceable and wide-ranging guide to the complexities of the Macedonian question, which will appeal both to students of history and to specialists in international affairs....[a] useful and theoretically informed work of synthesis, based on a wide array of secondary sources, and supported by an excellent bibliography.'' South European Society & Politics
"[A] serviceable and wide-ranging guide to the complexities of the Macedonian question, which will appeal both to students of history and to specialists in international affairs....[a] useful and theoretically informed work of synthesis, based on a wide array of secondary sources, and supported by an excellent bibliography."- South European Society & Politics
'œ[T]his volume presents a definitive examination of the Macedonian Question and constitutes a valuable addition to the growing list of case studies on the politics of national identity. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.'' Choice
"[T]his volume presents a definitive examination of the Macedonian Question and constitutes a valuable addition to the growing list of case studies on the politics of national identity. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."- Choice
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Summaries
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Roudometof analyzes rival national claims over Macedonia. He examines the symbolic struggle among Greeks, Bulgarians, and Macedonians, as well as the struggle of Albanians for self-determination in Kosovo and western Macedonia, and he deconstructs the national narratives of competing sides and provides an alternative interpretation of Macedonian nation formation.
Long Description
Roudometof provides an in-depth analysis of inter-ethnic relations in the southern Balkans. He examines the evolution of the Macedonian Question and the production of rival national narratives by Greeks, Bulgarians, and Macedonians. He introduces the concept of a national narrative in order to account for the production and proliferation of different forms of collective memory among the rival nation-states. Roudometof deconstructs the national narratives of the competing sides and shows the limits of these narratives and their biases. He also develops an alternative interpretation of Macedonian national formation. The contentious issue of Macedonian national minorities in the southern Balkans is examined as well as the issue of the Albanian movements toward self-determination and succession in Kosovo and western Macedonia. Roudometof argues that the Macedonian minority groups are not as numerous in the neighboring states as it is conventionally assumed. With regard to the Albanian national question, he provides a review of the post-1945 relations between Albania and Greece, the Albanians of Kosovo and the Serbs, and the Albanians and Macedonians. He argues that the Albanian nationalist movements have grown out of the interaction between Albanians and their neighboring nations and ethnic groups. An important resource for scholars, students, and other researchers involved with the Balkans and ethnic conflict resolution in general.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Collective Memory, National Identity, and the Macedonian Questionp. 1
National Narratives, Memory, and Identityp. 5
The Sense of Past in the Collective Memory of the Balkan Nation-Statesp. 10
Nationhood and Citizenship in the Balkansp. 16
Outline of the Bookp. 21
The Symbolic Struggle for Macedoniap. 29
Greece Against the Macedonian Republicp. 30
The Macedonian Question in Bulgarian Politicsp. 39
A Battle for the Intelligentsiap. 46
Conclusionsp. 50
Toward an Archaeology of the Macedonian Questionp. 57
The Macedonian Narrative and Its Implicationsp. 58
Bulgarian and Greek Arguments Against Macedonian Identityp. 65
Defending the Greek Narrativep. 69
Collective Memory and the Logic of National Narrativesp. 75
Macedonian National Identity: An Interpretationp. 83
The Origins of the Macedonian Questionp. 84
Competing Claims in Ottoman Macedoniap. 89
The Partition and Cultural Homogenization of Macedoniap. 95
The Birth of the New Macedonian Questionp. 104
Conclusionsp. 107
The Question of Macedonian Minorities in the Southern Balkansp. 119
Of Ethnic Groups and National Minorities: Dilemmas of Contemporary Scholarshipp. 120
Counting the Minorities in the Balkansp. 126
The Question of Macedonian Minorities in Greecep. 132
The Question of Macedonian Minorities in Bulgariap. 137
Conclusionsp. 145
The Albanian Question in the Southern Balkansp. 153
Greek-Albanian Relations and the Minority Questionp. 155
The Albanian Question in the Former Yugoslaviap. 164
Albanians and Macedonians in the 1990sp. 172
Concluding Remarksp. 178
Conclusion: The Macedonian Question Never Diesp. 189
The Politics of Collective Memoryp. 190
The Social Construction of the Macedonian Questionp. 195
The Cultural Contradictions of Nation-State Buildingp. 199
The Future Nowp. 203
Postscript: Macedonia 2000+p. 211
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 253
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