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The Macedonian QuestionBritain and the Southern Balkans 1939-1949$
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Dimitris Livanios

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237685.001.0001

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Tampering with the ‘Sleeping Dogs’: Britain and Macedonia 1878–1935

Tampering with the ‘Sleeping Dogs’: Britain and Macedonia 1878–1935

(p.42) 2 Tampering with the ‘Sleeping Dogs’: Britain and Macedonia 1878–1935
The Macedonian Question

Dimitris Livanios

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses British foreign policy towards Macedonia from the 1870s to the mid-1930s, and argues that in the interwar years, Britain had no vital interests in the region apart from the preservation of the status quo, which was perceived as the only way of maintaining peace ‘in their time’. Consequently, Britain approached the Macedonian Question from a purely strategic point of view that prompted it to defend the Peace Treaties, and resist attempts to recognize a ‘Bulgarian minority’ in Yugoslavia. The chapter also examines the range of opinions on the appropriate solution of the Macedonian Question that existed between the centre (London) and the periphery of the Foreign Office (the British legations at Sofia and Belgrade), and demonstrates that in many cases much friction was produced over the policy that Britain ought to be pursuing in the Balkans.

Keywords:   Macedonia, Macedonian Question, Britain, British foreign policy, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, London, Sofia, Belgrade, Foreign Office

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