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Ottoman Archives show Greece has not a damn thing to do with Macedonia

In 1993, Turkish deputy colonel Kurmay Baskanligi and his compatriot general Erdogan Oznal coauthored a book “Macedonia is not Greek” (MAKEDONYA YUNAN DEĞİLDİR).

The book has overwhelming amount of information and historical details that Athens has absolutely nothing to do with Macedonia as a country, and even less to do with the historic name. The book uses information from the 1300s all the way to the major world wars and is not only focusing on Macedonia, but on Greece as well.

From census in every village and town during a 500 year span, to property taxes, to historic borders within the Ottoman Empire, the book shows the Macedonian borders do not change for 500 years (shown in photo above), encompassing what we now call Aegean and Pirin Macedonia.

Not a sign of “greeks” anywhere on Macedonian territory (with focus on Aegean Macedonia) for 500 years.

Although the Ottoman archives are open to Macedonian historians in Ankara, rarely do anyone in Macedonia take interest in them, reports daily Vecer.

The Ottoman archives are the only viable, thorough and recognized document for the Balkans. It is a written record that cannot be changed and dates back a whopping five centuries since the Turks managed all governing aspects on the entire peninsula as it was considered part of their country/system. Even today, some Macedonian citizens go back to these archives to prove that land belonged to their ancestors for an extended period before it was confiscated by the communists after WW2.

It is how an older lady got Krivolak, the second largest military training ground in Europe back to her family, now she is renting it out to the Macedonian army and NATO for training.

As for the “Greeks” and their claim on the name Macedonia, we can refer them to the book “Macedonia is not Greek” of their neighbors and ethnic brothers, Turkish authors Baskanligi and Oznal who detailed 81 pages of archived evidence why Athens has nothing, and never had anything to do with Macedonia.

1 comment:

  1. I am sure the book is interesting and would love to read it. What language is it written in? (Unfortunately, I don't read either Turkish or Macedonian.)
    On the other hand, the map displayed in your article only shows the border between the Kingdom of Greece and the Ottoman Empire as it was between 1881 and 1885 (as it shows Eastern Roumelia as a separate political entity). Of course all of Macedonia belonged to the Ottoman Empire at that time and for nearly half a millennium before! In what way does that political boundary support the conclusion that "Greece has not a damn thing to do with Macedonia"? Even Hilmi Pasha's well-known census confirms the presence of Greek populations in parts of Macedonia!
    Of course, the map does confirm that the geographical term "Macedonia" was indeed used by Western geographers to refer to the region between Thessaly and Kosovo in the 19th century. But everybody knows that, and only the sillier variants of Greek propaganda try to call it into question on the grounds that Ancient Macedonia did not extend that far North!


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