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Below are some of the numerous additions to the Pollitecon website
over the past few months.
Pollitecon's First iBook
has published its first iBook. I chose The Rising Sun in the Balkans:
The Republic of Macedonia because even after all these years it is still
one of the best summaries of the name issue for general readers. This
book presents the arguments of both countries and an objective, third
party analysis. Apple also has a sample section of the book for free.
The Life in Aegean Macedonia section has two new articles
The First Doctoral Dissertation on the Macedonian Language
exhibition on the life work of Leonhard Masing - author of the first
doctoral dissertation on the Macedonian language, was held in Tartu,
Estonia to mark the 125th anniversary of the dissertation. Over 100
items on display included Masing's handwritten pages from draft manuscripts,
photographs and other previously unseen material on the ethnography,
geography and history of Macedonia. Leonhard Masing worked as a professor
of Slavic languages and literature at Tartu University for more than
40 years. The exhibition was initiated by George v. Durtanosky, journalist,
author and lecturer at the Latvian Christian Academy and the event was
organized in collaboration with the State Archive of Estonia, the Tartu
University College and University Library Department for Rare Books
and Manuscripts. See here.
Macedonian Migrants to North America
265 Macedonians Who Migrated to North America is a list of Macedonian
migrants to the US and Canada drawn from the 1951 "Macedonian Directory"
published by the Central Committee of MPO of the US and Canada. The
list is not complete. The villages are where the Macedonians came from,
and the US and Canadian locations are where they settled. The number
of Macedonian villages is just over 70. The list was drawn by Basil
Stephanoff. See here.
A new article has been added to the Essays page.
ANZAC Day and Ilinden
How ANZAC Day Unites Australia and Macedonia by Victor Bivell is an
article written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of ANZAC Day. It
looks at some of the surprising and deep links between ANZAC Day and
Ilinden and how the two days help to bring Australians and Macedonians
together through their shared history. The article is here.
There is also a Macedonian version here.
The Macedonian Communities page on Greece has a new link.
Video on Selo Buf
Selo Buf, Lerinsko, Egejska Makedonija is a five minute video with many
photos of the village from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The pictures
include churches, the school and school classes, groups of villagers,
families, weddings, priests, migrants, and other local people. There
are hundreds of people and names. See here.
The Free Ebooks section has many new books.
Macedonian Speakers in Wollongong
Australian Macedonian lawyer and book translator Elizabeth Stewart has
made available an ebook version of her Masters thesis. This is titled
Lexical Transference in the Speech of Macedonian English Bilingual Speakers
in the Illawarra Region of NSW. The paper takes a detailed look at the
speech of the Macedonian community in Wollongong and how the English
and Macedonian languages have influenced each other. The paper is here.
Dictionary in Three Languages
Rechnik od Tri Jezika by Georgi Pulevski was published in 1875 during
the Ottoman Empire, and is a seminal book about the Macedonian language.
The three languages are Macedonian, Albanian and Turkish. The book is
Books by Slave Nikolovski-Katin
books by Macedonian author Slave Nikolovski-Katin have been added to
the Free Ebooks page. Six are Dictionaries in Pictures for learning:
English and French (with Macedonian), English and German (with Macedonian),
English and Macedonian (with Albanian), English and Macedonian (with
Roma language), English and Macedonian (with Turkish) and English and
Macedonian (with Vlach). There is an English-Macedonian Biotechnical
Dictionary and an English-Macedonian Veterinary Dictionary. Other books
in English are Macedonia in Ancient Times, The Macedonians in USA and
Canada, and Andrea Branov - Monograph. Books in Macedonian are: Ilinden
1903-2003 i Makedonskite Iselenitsi, Iselenichki Horizonti na Makedonsite
vo Svetot, Makedonski Iselenichki Panoptikum, Makedonksiot Iselenichki
Pechat, Moite Patuvanja Niz Svetot, Pechalbarski Kopnezh, and Vo Avstralija
Kako Doma. The books are here.
My Partisan Life
Alabakov has published My Partisan Life in English and Sekjavanje za
Seloto Buf i Negovite Stradanija in Macedonian. Mr Alabakov was born
in Buf in 1927 and wrote the book to record the difficult times that
he and many of his fellow Macedonians endured as partisans during the
Second World War and the Greek Civil War. He became a soldier in 1943
at the age of 16, first with the Greek People's Liberation Army (ELAS)
and later with the Democratic Army of Greece (DAG). In 1948 he took
his family to the Republic of Macedonia and in 1967 he and his wife
Anastasia, who is also from Buf, joined their extended family in Australia.
My Partisan Life is here.
Sekjavanje za Seloto Buf i Negovite Stradanija is here.
Some Macedonian Genius
The 1972 book The Macedonian Genius Through the Centuries by Italian
author Giorgio Nurigiani talks about some outstanding Macedonians in
past and recent history. There are chapters on Saints Cyril and Methodius,
Saint Clement, the Bogomils, Medieval Art, Macedonian Folk Art, the
Brothers Dimitar and Konstantin Miladinov, Grigor Prlichev, and Krste
Misirkov. The ebook is here.
The Proto Slavic Roots of the European Languages
In his paper Proto Slavic Roots of the European Languages, Odyssey Belchevsky
says that most of the word etymologies that the Online Etymology Dictionary
has labeled as unknown' and obscure' or possibly Proto Roman,
Proto German, Proto Celtic, can be explained with the use of the Slavic
languages. There are many examples. He argues that through the use of
Conceptual Linguistics we can conclude that the Slavic languages have
been most faithful' to the Mother Language of Europe'. They
have retained the natural concepts of word creation and can be with
great certainty termed as the most functional' languages of Europe.
The paper is here.
Women Prisoners in the Greek Concentration Camps
Petre Nakovski's novel Kalina explores the experiences of a 17 year
old village girl who, along with hundreds of other Macedonian and Greek
young women, was forcibly mobilized into the Democratic Army of Greece
(DAG), fought in the Greek Civil War and eventually faced a long prison
sentence. Kalina tells her story as she sees it - the bunkers and trenches,
battle charges in the night, long and exhausting marches, the Greek
island prison camps in the Aegean Sea, the 70 days and nights she spent
in the battlefields of Gramos, suicide missions in Voden, Lerin and
Negush, the struggles at Vicho, and the final disastrous military defeat.
Kalina was translated by Risto Stefov. The English version is here.
The Macedonian version is here.
Paskal Mitrevski and his Time
Paskal Mitrevski and his Time (1912-1978) by Tashko Mamurovski is the
biography of Paskal Mitrevski, a freedom fighter who held various senior
roles in the Greek Civil War including President of the Main Board of
NOF and Minister of Supplies in the Provisional Democratic Government
of Greece. The biography focuses on 1941 to 1949 and what went wrong
for the Macedonians. It includes some of his letters, articles and reports.
The book is translated and edited by Risto Stefov. The English version
The Macedonian version is here.
Refugee Children in Yugoslavia
Refugee Children from Aegean Macedonia in Yugoslavia is a 208 page book
that takes a detailed look at the refugee children from Aegean Macedonia
who grew up in Yugoslavia. The authors are Misho Kitanski & Giorgi
Donevski. Kitanski is a journalist and author and Donevski was president
of the Association of Refugee Children in Macedonia. The book is translated
and edited by Risto Stefov. The English version is here.
The Macedonian version, Detsa Begaltsi od Egejska Makedonija vo Jugoslavija,
Short Stories from Stari Kraj
and Wrath (In the shadows of exile) by Stojan Kochov is a collection
of 29 short stories and one poem about people in Aegean Macedonia and
life under Greek occupation. The stories are personal and insightful.
Stojan Kochov was born in 1930 and has authored 22 books. The book is
translated from the Macedonian and edited by Risto Stefov. The English
version is here. The Macedonian
version is here.
There are also Four Articles by Stojan Kochov. Under the collective
title of Diskusii za Asimilatsija na Makedonsite vo Grtsija or Discussions
on the Assimilation of the Macedonians Under Greece are four magazine
articles by author Stojan Kochov. These discuss acts of non-recognition,
discrimination and assimilation; the Hellenization of the Macedonians
and the ethnic cleansing; how and why the Macedonians were expelled
with a one-way ticket; and how the horror they experienced cannot be
denied. The articles are in Macedonian. See here.
The Story in the Genes
The paper HLA Genes in Macedonians and the Sub-Saharan Origin of the
Greeks by A. Arnaiz-Villena, K. Dimitroski, A. Pacho et al compares
sample genes of many ethnic groups around the Mediterranean and concludes
that Macedonians belong to an older group of Mediterranean residents
while Greeks are newer arrivals with greater affinity to sub-Saharan
ethnic groups now residing in Ethiopia, Sudan and West Africa. The paper
Books by Other Publishers
Ancient Macedonian Historians
latest book by historian Aleksandar Donski is "Ancient Macedonian
Historians and Their Lost Works". The book presents biographies
of twelve ancient Macedonian historians and a partial list of their
lost works. The historians include: Ptolemy, Aristobulus, Leon of Pella,
Antipater, Krater, Ptolemy VIII, Philip of Amphipolis, Kriton of Pieria,
Marcia of Pella, and Marcia of Philippi. The author says most of them
were Macedonian patriots and wrote the history of Macedonia. Donski's
book includes quotes from the authors that clearly show the ancient
Macedonians were not Greeks. The book is $10 plus $3 postage in Australia.
Send your cheque to Macedonian Literary Association of Australia "Grigor
Prlichev", PO Box 227 Rockdale NSW 2216, or phone Dushan Ristevski
on 0425 231 335 or Ivan Trposki on 02 9789 2063, or email Dushan
My Father - Metodija Andonov Chento
Tatko - Metodi Andonov Chento is a biography of the Macedonian leader
Metodi Andonov Chento written by his son, Ilija Andonov Chento. The
454 page book details all aspects of Chento's life including his early
years, civil marriage, involvement in political life, the 1938 elections,
internment in Bajina Basta, the 1941 occupation, his arrest and internment
in 1943, the partisan life, free territory, Aegean Macedonia, the lead
up to the National Assembly and ASNOM, the 1945 elections, and his trial.
Further information from Jane Cento on Facebook here.
Another Macedonian Newspaper in Albania
Funding from the Macedonian Human Rights Movement International and
the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee has enabled another
Macedonian newspaper in Albania to be revived. The human rights groups
say the newspaper of the Macedonian Association Ilinden Tirana has resumed
publication and is distributed throughout Albania. The latest issue
Love Calls You By Your Name
Here is a song I dedicate to the Greek government, to the Greek people,
and to anyone else who thinks Macedonia should change its name. The
song is by Leonard Cohen and is called Love Calls You By Your Name.
That's poetry for "love, not hate". The song is here.
Canadian Macedonian Books
A reminder that Canadian Macedonian Books has a great selection of Macedonian
books in English from around the world. These include non-fiction, fiction,
children's and cook books. Canadian Macedonian Books is run by Virginia
Evans, a former co-president of the Canadian Macedonian Historical Society
and founder of the Macedonian Film Festival in Toronto. Canadian Macedonian
Books is here.
Discount for Complete Set of Books
A reminder that a complete set of 12 Macedonian books published by Pollitecon
can be purchased at a discount of free postage in Australia and reduced
airmail postage overseas. See Here.
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