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Ever sinces its independence in 1991, Macedonia has made remarkable progress towards building a pluralistic, multi-ethnic civil society. Yet if the international community supports the legitimacy of Macedonia as a state it has direct responsibility to anchor its future. No matter what view one subscribes to, one stubborn truth remains: Macedonia cannot achieve success on its own. This book provides observations that offer valuable lessons on this little known but remarkable part of Europe.
This work provides a review of the historical basis for Macedonia's identity and its emergence as a separate nation during Socialist Yugoslavia (1944-1991). It takes a detailed look at the events and personalities that lead to the outbreak of civil war in 1991. This book contains aspects of the Ohrid Framework Agreement and perspectives on the contemporary situation following the elections of September 2002. Personal interviews with the first and second presidents of the Repulic of Macedonia are also included.
- Table of Contents
The Last Best Hope: The "Future" Republic of Macedonia (A Retrospective, 1991-1999)
Spillover Effects: Aftershocks in Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia
Cry, the Imagined Country: Legitimacy and the Fate of Macedonia
Appendix A: Interview with Kiro Gligorov, First President of the Republic of Macedonia
Appendix B: Interview with Boris Trajkovski, Second President of the Republic of Macedonia
Appendix C: The Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia and Amendments
Appendix D: The Ohrid Framework Agreements
Appendix E: U.S. Department of State Press Release: "Ohrid, One Year After"
About the Authors
In well-focused and incisive essays, P. H. Liotta...and C. R. Jebb..., have provided vivid and informative insights into the complex reality that confronts Macedonia and help illuminate the ethnic and political mosaic that makes this small state so fascinating and yet its fate so critical for future stability and security in the Balkans and south-east Europe.
...This book is a much-needed, challenging and sometimes controversial contribution to a necessary debate.
...Although, as a Macedonian poet, I have often found scrutinizing our national identity a very difficult task, Prof. Liotta's slant views are honest, and touching the core (at times to the bone) of the matter....