A Political Survey of Macedonia and the Macedonians, 1913!


1913

Nace D. Dimov: A Political Survey of Macedonia and the Macedonians.

In examining the Macedonian question from the political point of view, I shall not deal with the old times…
Condemned at first to Roman rule, and then to Byzantine oppression, and finally to Turkish slavery, the terrible name of Macedonian found shelter from generation to generation in Macedonian hearts only…
In the same towns and villages, the priests that receive salary from the Bulgarian Exarchate call themselves Bulgarians, those that receive salary from the Serbian Metropolitan office call themselves Serbians…
Besides, the Macedonians were always allies and participants both in the liberation of the Greeks, Serbs and Bulgarians…
From all that has been previously mentioned, I dare say that the Macedonians have a one hundred percent right to autonomy and not to being subjected to dismembering among the Greeks, the Serbs and Bulgarians. Disregarding this fact, the Serbian, Greek and Bulgarian governments, aiming to extend their frontiers into Macedonians territory, spare no means and exterminate the Macedonians who refuse to call themselves Greeks, Serbs and Bulgarians…
The Macedonian people will not reconcile themselves either with those who aspire to deprive them of their language, customs and the natural desire to be free masters of their own house. Hence, only if the Serbs, Greeks and Bulgarians renounce their aspirations will Macedonia live in a friendly way…

Taken from Nace D. Dimov, Istoricheskii ocherk Makedonii i makedonskih slavjan – Peterburg, 1913

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