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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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Britain and the Macedonian Question, 1945–1949

Britain and the Macedonian Question, 1945–1949

(p.209) 7 Britain and the Macedonian Question, 1945–1949
The Macedonian Question

Dimitris Livanios

Oxford University Press

The first post-war years witnessed the rapid consolidation of the Cold War camps in the Balkans, and further Yugoslav attempts to absorb Bulgarian Macedonia and bring about a Bulgar-Yugoslav federation. For the British, whose main interest in the region remained the protection of Greece from her communist neighbours, these were ominous signs. This chapter covers British views of the new shape of Bulgar-Yugoslav relations, their assessments of the Bled Agreement — concluded between Bulgaria and Yugoslavia in 1947 — and the impact of the Tito-Stalin split. It argues that although Britain's ability to intervene had diminished, her determination to protect Greece (and to rally the United States to the cause) had not.

Keywords:   Cold War, Balkans, Macedonia, Bulgar-Yugoslav federation, Britain, USA, Bled Agreement, Greece

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