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The Macedonian QuestionBritain and the Southern Balkans 1939-1949$
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Dimitris Livanios

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237685.001.0001

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Ghost Resurrected: Bulgar–Yugoslav Negotiations for Federation, and the British Response, 1944–1945

Ghost Resurrected: Bulgar–Yugoslav Negotiations for Federation, and the British Response, 1944–1945

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(p.142) 5 Ghost Resurrected: Bulgar–Yugoslav Negotiations for Federation, and the British Response, 1944–1945
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The Macedonian Question
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Dimitris Livanios

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237685.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the turbulent Bulgar-Yugoslav relations in the second half of 1944 and Tito's attempt to construct a Balkan federation, with Macedonia as a federal unit. Given that the protection of Greece was the only major British strategic interest in the area, these developments alarmed Britain profoundly. It was feared that a South-Slav federation under Russia's tutelage would threaten the territorial integrity of the country by absorbing Greek Macedonia too, thus placing her into Russian orbit. The chapter analyses the Bulgar-Yugoslav negotiations for federation, highlights their major differences concerning its shape and the position of Macedonia in it, and details the British diplomatic intervention, which succeeded in preventing it from materializing.

Keywords:   Bulgar-Yugoslav relations, Tito, Balkan federation, Macedonia, Greece, Britain, Russia, South Slav federation

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