Political-cultural aspects of influence on the abolition of the Macedonian nation

Andonov, Oliver (2021) Political-cultural aspects of influence on the abolition of the Macedonian nation. National security review - Scientific Periodical of the Military National Security Service, 2021 (2). pp. 200-212.

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In the modern developments in the Balkans, we are witnessing continuous political action in order to abolish the Macedonian nation. This process, which was intensified with the signing of the Agreement with Bulgaria in 2017 and with Greece in 2018, in addition to the political aspects, included the cultural aspects. This paper aims to make a brief overview of the connection between the political and cultural aspects through which Bulgaria and Greece influence or more precisely lead the process of abolition of the Macedonian nation. In the light of these aspects, one should look at the contemporary attitudes of Bulgaria and Greece (certainly not alternately together) towards Macedonia and issues related to history, language and culture as basic features of the Macedonian nation.
Through this paper we will make a scientific overview of current developments in political relations between North Macedonia and Greece, North Macedonia and Bulgaria, but with special reference to cultural issues affecting the Macedonian nation with consequences for its abolition, but also with political consequences for the region in terms of its destabilization, by moving similar processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina above all.
The focus of the review will be primarily on the Macedonian-Bulgarian relations and the dispute over history and language, which basically has an identity-political significance for the uniqueness of the Macedonian people and the creation of the Macedonian nation. Of course, the focus on North Macedonia's relations with Bulgaria is stimulated by the current developments in bilateral relations between the two countries and the consequences of the signed "Good Neighbor Agreement", on the basis of which Bulgaria openly shows strength by threatening North Macedonia with veto of the start of negotiations for full membership in the European Union. Understanding this dispute motivated solely by Bulgaria's political and strategic motives is very important, especially for the scientific and academic public in Europe. The reason is that this is a socio-political construction as a unique phenomenon, but which can have extremely large political-security consequences on other regions in Europe in the first place, and as an empirical result of this process related to North Macedonia and the Macedonian question that for two centuries Europe has no power to solve it. North Macedonia is still a European country and the Balkans and North Macedonia as the root of the modern Christian European civilization are of great importance for Europe, its stability and future.
Keywords: Political aspects, cultural aspects, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Europe, history

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Military Academy
Depositing User: Oliver Andonov
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2023 19:12
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2023 19:12
URI: https://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/30847

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