The Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaA Challenge to the Macedonism of the Slavs© Marcus A. Templar, 2008.ABSTRACT
Despite the fact that knowledge of the history, culture, language, and religion of mostof the Balkan nations is quite extensive, the sociology of the Slav inhabitants of the FormerYugoslav Republic of Macedonia (The FYROM) is not. This thesis examines the history ofthe ancient Macedonians, their language, ethnicity, and related issues. It further studies theinvasion of the
Seven Slavic Tribes
into geographic Macedonia, and their sequent settlements,their impact to the region in general and geographic Macedonia in particular.The thesis apprises as well the issues of the Treaty of San Stefano, The Council ofBerlin, the Krushevo Republic, Balkan Wars, and the Treaty of Bucharest along with thecommunist manipulation of the subject with protagonists Joseph Stalin, Josip Broz Tito, andGeorgi Dimitrov. The paper also acquaints the reader with the contribution of the SocialistFederal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) in general and the Socialist Republic of Macedoniain particular to the problem. Itexplains the latter’s ethnic Slavic population to the civil warin Greece, one of the goals of which was the incorporation of Greek Macedonia to theproposed new federation of the SFRY with Bulgaria as it was discussed at Bled, Slovenia.Moreover, it observes the roots and the evolution of the Slavic nationalism also calledMacedonism that drives the country to internal, but also regionalinstability.