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The Great Counterfeiting of History: Myth of a ‘Macedonian’ nation
by Nicholas L. Moraites, Ph.D.*
Most of humanity is generally unaware of the fact that has been a reinterpretation of Balkan history, counterfeiting of historical myths, and artificial nationality and language by the “Sclavineaes”.
Further, most are unaware that the Macedonians were part of the ancient Greek world. This is proven by the archaeological findings in conjunction with linguistic analysis and the discovery of large numbers of Greek inscriptions with a vast range of Greek names proves that was never any cultural, language or history break in the unity of the Macedonians with the rest of Greeks. Indeed the dissemination of the Greek language and Greek culture throughout the known world by Alexander the Great provides the most irrefutable confirmation of this. The unity of Macedonians and the rest of the Greeks is proved once more with the finds brought to light at the major archaeological sites of Vergina, Pella, Sindos and Dion, and also, in Thessaloniki, Florina, Chalkidiki, Edessa, and many other areas.
That we are unaware that historical evidence and the archaeological finds point to the existence of Greek-speaking inhabitants of the North Pindus mountains in the period 2200-2100 B.C. The Greek antiquities dating back to the 4th century B.C., especially the ivory portrait of Philip and Alexander, from the Vergina tomb. All findings demonstrate the artistry achieved in Macedonia at the time of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic era his conquests introduce.
Macedonia, even under the Roman domination, continued to be a Greek-land under the successors of Alexander the great and for some two centuries was the core of larger state units ruled by Macedonian kings.
Until the Byzantine period, the Greek population of Macedonia remained unchanged until the 7th century A.D., when various Slav races, the Drogovites, Strumonites, Sagoudates, and others began to settle in the area of Macedonia. With the permission of the Byzantine authorities, these tribes formed the small Slavic enclaves known as ‘Sclavineae’.
In the 14th century, the Serbian empire of Stefan Dusan spread into Macedonia. However, this short-lived empire had no effective impact on the ethnological nature of Macedonia. It is important to mention here that even under the ottoman rule in Macedonia, there was not any regional part named “Macedonia”.
The designs of the Slavs, involves a geopolitical calculation and the search for an outlet to the Aegean. As, it was the plan during the Second World War, and in the post-war decades, Tito constructed an artificial nationality, the ‘Macedonian’ nationality. The task was difficult because the new nationality did not have the features, which are essential for its establishment as such. It followed that these components had to be discovered or invented.
Another feature of the nationality was its language. It was generally accepted that the language spoken by the Slavs of Macedonia is a dialect of Bulgarian. In order to sever the substantive linguistic bond between the Macedonian Slavs and the Bulgarians, a separate ‘Macedonian’ written language had to be invented. This was done by exploiting local peculiarities and by borrowing from Serbian and other Slav languages. However, despite the painstaking efforts of forty years, the new language remains an offshoot of Bulgarian.
Here they reinterpreted the history of the Balkans, since the most ancient times. In this way it would be possible to explain into existence the myth of a ‘Macedonian nation’.
Their countless examples should suffice to make clear the extent of this campaign of counterfeiting, and these historical myths, and distorting historical misinterpretations have been accepted by people with absolute ignorance of history, which went hand-in-hand with absolute toleration.
I should add that we, as Greeks, must not loose our sense of history, of whence we came, of who we are, and of what we are becoming.
Is it possible today in America, where we constitute an affluent, politically powerful, and highly educated Hellenic diaspora, that we know so little about something so simple and yet so fatefully significant about the myth of a “Macedonian” nation?
It is a matter of great national importance for the modern history of Greece and Hellenism, that it is our national duty to restore the historical truth that purposefulness, aspirations and interests continue to reproach and distort our history. Our duty is permanent vigilance to preserve our national integrity and ensure peace.
Nicholas L. Moraites, Ph.D., teaches International Relations-Comprarative Politics-USA Foreign Policy. He is a member of the International Hellenic Association (USA), at the website of which this analysis first appeared.