James Horncastle, The Macedonian Slavs in the Greek Civil War, 1944–1949, Lexington Books, Lanham-Boulder-New York-London 2019
James Horncastle is lecturer at Simon Fraser University.
In this study of Macedonian Slavs in the Greek Civil War, the author examines how their participation in the conflict, and the attempts by other groups to manipulate them, gave rise to modern issues that continue to affect politics in the region today. The Macedonian Question has confounded academics, politicians and the people of the Balkans since the nineteenth century. While the countries have resolved the territorial component of the Macedonian Question, the critical and confusing question surrounding the ethnic and linguistic identity of the people of the region continues to be the source of international debate. Part of the reason for this confusion is because the history of the Macedonian Question is shrouded in nationalist polemics. The role of the Macedonian Slavs involvement in the Greek Civil War is particularly contentious and embedded in nationalist polemics, which has impacted academic inquiry. This book argues that the preponderance of Macedonian Slavs within the communist forces during the Greek Civil War influenced the actions of all the major actors involved, and is a significant factor in shaping the modern Macedonian national identity.
Chapter 1: An Ongoing Question?
Chapter 2: Historical Background
Chapter 3: The Second World War and the Development of the Macedonian National Movement within Yugoslavia, and the impact it had on Greece
Chapter 4: The Macedonian Question and its impact on the Dekemvriana
Chapter 5: Towards a Civil War: The Macedonian Question in the Bulgarian-Greek-Yugoslav Interparty Dynamic
Chapter 6: The Macedonian Question in the Greek Civil War, January 1947-June 1948
Chapter 7: The Macedonian Question in the Greek Civil War after the Tito-Stalin split, July 1948-September 1949
Chapter 8: Conclusion and Impacts