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dc.contributor.authorKamusella, Tomasz
dc.identifier.citationKamusella , T 2020 , ' North Macedonia : a surprise ' , Sprawy Narodowościowe / Nationalities Affairs , vol. 52 , 2253 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 271820938
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-3484-8352/work/85855492
dc.description.abstractFollowing the wars of Yugoslav succession, during the last two decades, Macedonia evolved from central Europe’s (‘Balkan’) typical ethnolinguistic nation-state into a studiously and painstakingly negotiated and constructed polyglot and multiethnic civic national polity for all the country’s inhabitants— or ‘Macedoners’—irrespective of any linguistic, religious or ethnic differences. This form of statehood is commonly, but rather shortsightedly, seen as characteristic of western Europe. However, in many ways, civic national identification, as practiced now in North Macedonia, draws at the Ottoman tradition of the peaceful coexistence of the millets, or ethnoreligious groups that used to be organized as non-territorial autonomies in this Islamic empire. The article takes stock of the political and ideological situation in Macedonia after Skopje / Shkup reached the long awaited rapprochement with Athens in 2019. The price of changing the country’s name to ‘North Macedonia’ appears to have been well worth paying, because the Macedonian-Greek agreement opened the path to NATO and EU membership for this country. Obviously, only the future will show whether Skopje / Shkup successfully seizes this rare opportunity, and if North Macedonia’s neighbors and western Europe facilitate this process.
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dc.rightsCopyright © The Author(s) 2020. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 PL License (, which permits redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, provided that the article is properly cited.en
dc.subjectNorth Macedoniaen
dc.subjectEthnolinguistic nationalismen
dc.subjectLanguage policyen
dc.subjectBalkan politicsen
dc.subjectDR Balkan Peninsulaen
dc.titleNorth Macedonia : a surpriseen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Institute for Transnational & Spatial Historyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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