June 23, 2016

Macedonia in the works of Dr. Marco Dogo

In the past Macedonia was explored by many linguists, ethnologists, historians who havepublished their observations in their works some of which are not objective about the ethnicorigin of the population in Macedonia, but or example the works of Karl Chrone, Peter Draganov, A.V. Amfiteatrov even in that period saw the difference in the Macedonian population. That the Macedonian Slavs is neither Serbs nor Bulgarians, but Macedonian with their own traditions, language and religion.

To our pleasure we are able to get to know with the works of the famous Italian balkanologist Dr. Marco Dogo, professor of history of Southeastern Europe at the Institute of Medieval and Modern History at the University of Trieste.

He is one of the best contemporary Italian researchers and scholars of history and civilization of the South Slavs of XIX and XX century.

Dr. Marco Dogo has written three works of Macedonia:

"The dynamite and the crescent" from 1983 where with documents and facts explains the fight for freedom of the Macedonians and their right to their own state. 

"Language and Nationality in Macedonia " in 1985 which talks about national separatism among the Macedonians, with unknown documents from the Italian and French archives and libraries. 

"Case Rostkovski" from 1983 where the newly found documents in Italian archives illuminates the murder of the Russian consul. 

To become familiar with his views it is best to see parts of his thoughts on the Macedonians:

"Conscious of the responsibility that belongs to the intelligence of a nation with its own "tradition, language and religion" the Petersburg' group facing the crisis in 1903 produced a special request for autonomy of the three Macedonian villayets, which on one hand does not preclude re-validation of the Ottoman government, on the other hand, due to the clear knowledge of their own weakness, a request for alliance and protection for the implementation of the plan"

"Sheradam reported that in June 1902 the Austro-Hungarian consul in Bitola obligated a teacher in local school to compose - Beyond belief! - grammar in Macedonian."

A. Cheradame, Le chemin de fer de Bagdad, Paris, p 1903 376th


"Might have been the villagers in the Rhodopes more "Bulgarians", or shepherds of the Eastern Carpathians more "Romanians" when creating their national states, than the Slavs, to say, from the mountain Babuna were "Macedonians" in 1903?"

Generally speaking his works are the most precious manifestations of Macedonian national consciousness and an invaluable contribution to informing the scientific and wider Italian and European public about the actual development of Macedonian national thought of the XIX and XX century.

Blagojce Andonov

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