Monday, November 20, 2006

History of Macedonia

History of Macedonia. This is a brief history of the modern European nation of Macedonia. As the Government of Greece will point out, modern Macedonia is not quite the same as ancient Macedonia.

The Encyclopædia Britannica notes, "Country of the southern Balkans. It is bordered to the north by Serbia, to the east by Bulgaria, to the south by Greece, and to the west by Albania. The capital is Skopje."

From the site:

Throughout its history, the present-day territory of Macedonia has been a crossroads for both traders and conquerors moving between the European continent and Asia Minor. Each of these transiting powers left its mark upon the region, giving rise to a rich and varied cultural and historical tradition.

The ancient territory of Macedon included, in addition to the areas of the present-day Macedonia, large parts of present-day northern Greece and southwestern Bulgaria. This ancient kingdom reached its height during the reign of Alexander III ("the Great"), who extended Macedon's influence over most of Asia Minor, the Levant, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, and even parts of India. After Alexander's death in 323 BC, the Macedon Empire gradually declined, until it was conquered in 168 BC and made a province by the Romans in 148 BC.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the territory of Macedonia fell under the control of the Byzantine Empire in the 6th and 7th centuries. It was during this period that large groups of Slavic people migrated to the Balkan region. The Serbs, Bulgarians, and Byzantines fought for control of Macedonia until the late 14th century, when the territory was conquered by the Ottoman Turks; it remained under Turkish rule until 1912.


Anonymous said...

The history of FYROM begin in 1944. They have no relation with the ancient empire of Philip and Alexander. This nation was created by the Comintern in 1934. The slav population of the Vardar Macedonia is bulgarian, but they claim not to be bulgarian, but descendents of the ancient macedonians.

Rudolph A. Carrera said...

That's a pretty dishonest statement, as Greece didn't exist as a nation until 1830.

Macedonia has always had shifting borders, and are no more Greek than you are Macedonian. They certainly aren't pure Slavs, and that line of thinking has been debunked by most sane historians living outside of Greece, who still wish to perpetrate the myth of Alexander being a Greek. If anything, he has more Illyrian blood than anything, yet I don't see Albanians going delusional on anyone.

What's worse, Macedonia has been listed in various histories over the last thousand years in a pretty consistent basis. It was only until 1830 that Greeks could call any land their own. Both of you are who you are, so it's not right to pretend that Macedonias are Bulgarians as they culture pre-dates them by a millenium at least.