19th CENTURY OTTOMAN MACEDONIA IN WESTERN HISTORY BOOKS

Dalibor Jovanovski

Abstract


In this article I will attempt to present how some western historians
who deal with the Balkan past perceived Macedonia as it was
during the last century of the Ottoman rule. The focus of this paper will
be on how 19th century Ottoman Macedonia is represented in the general
history books on the Balkans written in the west. In writing this paper
I made use of those works that have been, up to now, most widely
used by the historians, as well as the ordinary people, who like and appreciate
historical literature. The main accent in this article is stressed
on several issues namely - the territory, the population, political history,
economical and social life. In this instance I made use of books
dealing with the history of the Balkans published after WWII, i.e., after
the creation of the modern Macedonian state. One should bear in mind
that Macedonia was not authors primary focus of research and writing,
and for this reason the mistakes that appear, and which we all make
when we write, are understandable, but not acceptable. We must note
that, despite all the criticism that might be directed at them, they have
made an honest attempt, to their best of their knowledge and ability, to
portray the situation in Ottoman Macedonia in the 19th century, paying
attention not to favor any one side.

Key words: OTTOMAN MACEDONIA, TERRITORY, MRO,
POPULATION, HISTORY


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