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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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Between Centralism and Separatism: The Emergence of the Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 1944–1948

Between Centralism and Separatism: The Emergence of the Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 1944–1948

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(p.177) 6 Between Centralism and Separatism: The Emergence of the Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 1944–1948
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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/9780199237685.003.0006

The single most important feature of the Macedonian Question in the 1940s was the emergence in Tito's Yugoslavia of Macedonia as a federal unit. This chapter aims at offering a new perspective on this subject with the use of British sources. After an analysis of the political and national problems and challenges that the Yugoslav republic of Macedonia faced — including the battle between centralism (imposed by Belgrade) and separatism (emanating from political forces within Macedonia) — the chapter explores the function of the Macedonian national ideology. It is argued that the main purpose of that ideology (and the principal reason behind its acceptance by the local population) was to serve as a legitimate vehicle for anti-Serbianism, which was the only sentiment shared by the overwhelming majority of the Macedonians.

Keywords:   Macedonian Question, Tito, Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Belgrade, Macedonian national ideology, Anti-Serbianism

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