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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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A Loveless, but Necessary, Entanglement

A Loveless, but Necessary, Entanglement

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The Macedonian Question

Dimitris Livanios

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers some concluding remarks about the British connection to the Macedonian Question in the 1940s. It discusses the main parameters of British strategic thinking about Macedonia, including the preservation of the post-1918 state structure in the Balkans, and their opposition to a Balkan federation, and places their views within their historical context. It is argued that British involvement in the relations between Bulgaria and Yugoslavia — prompted always by necessity and not choice — was due solely to the need to protect the territorial integrity of Greece, the only British vital interest in the Balkans. In that context, the British viewed with profound suspicion Tito's plans about Macedonian unification and a Bulgar-Yugoslav federation, and were determined to prevent them from materializing, both when they felt they could, and also when their ability of doing so had diminished.

Keywords:   Macedonian Question, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Balkan federation, Balkans, Greece, Tito

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