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Historical Dictionary of North Macedonia


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Located in the middle of the Balkans, North Macedonia reflects the turbulent history of the region. The country emerged from former Yugoslavia in the 1990s without violence but struggled to achieve international recognition due to a dispute with neighboring Greece over its name and symbols. The name issue was resolved only in 2018 with the signature of the Prespa Agreement reviving prospects for membership in NATO and the European Union (EU). Yet North Macedonia’s story goes centuries back, to the Middle Ages, the period of Ottoman Rule which lasted until 1912, and the various reincarnations of Yugoslavia. The historical dictionary traces the country’s past and present with a wealth of articles on issues, events, institutions, personalities shaping political, economic and cultural life. It looks at the majority Macedonian as well as other ethnic communities such as the Albanians, Turks and the Roma. There are also entries on North Macedonia’s relations with neighbors, in history and today, as well as with global powers.

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of North Macedonia contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 500 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about North Macedonia.

Editor’s Foreword


Reader’s Notes

Acronyms and Abbreviations





Appendix A: Facts about North of Macedonia

Appendix B: Institutions and Officeholders in Macedonia


About the Author

North Macedonia has had a rocky history since it declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, which this reference book explores. Part of the problem was the name, as Macedonia has historic connotations relating to neighboring Greece, stretching back to the time of Alexander the Great. As a result, Greece blocked North Macedonia’s entry into the EU, and the Balkan country was able to enter the UN only as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Greece finally reached a historic agreement with the country, which changed its name from the unofficial Republic of Macedonia to the official Republic of North Macedonia in 2018–2019. This volume by Bechev (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), now in its second edition, covers the country's ancient history through this more recent turbulent history to the middle of 2018. There are entries on North Macedonia’s ethnic groups, political groups, historical events, and prominent figures. The book includes two maps, a letter/character pronunciation key, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, and an extensive bibliography.

Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.

Product Details

  • Title : Historical Dictionary of North Macedonia
  • Author: Bechev, Dimitar
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • ISBN: 9781538119624

Dimitar Bechev is Research Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale UP, 2017) and Constructing South East Europe: the Politics of Balkan Regional Cooperation (Palgrave, 2011). Dr. Bechev holds a D.Phil from the University of Oxford.


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