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Below are some of the numerous additions to the Pollitecon website over the past few months. There are links and information on 25 books covering the Macedonian language, ancient history, modern Balkan history, the Macedonians in Greece and Bulgaria, the Greek Civil War, human rights, Christianity in Macedonia, and two new novels by Macedonian Australian authors. Be sure to scroll to the end as we finish with a DVD and a link to an excellent new documentary about the exodus from Aegean Macedonia.

Free Ebooks
There are many new books in Pollitecon’s Free Ebooks Library.

Free Macedonian Spelling Book and Dictionary
People who wish to brush up on their Macedonian language skills can download the book Makedonski Pravopis so Pravopisen Rechnik (Macedonian Spelling with Spelling Dictionary) by Blaze Koneski and Krum Toshev. The book, first published in 1950, can help to improve your Macedonian spelling and fine tune your grammar. The dictionary has 93 page of Macedonian words with their correct spelling. The book is Here.

The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians and Grecians
If you want to get up to full speed on classical history, or if you haven't read enough about Philip and Alexander, you may want to tackle the seven volume monumental work titled The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians and Grecians. The author, Charles Rollin, was a French historian who lived in the 17th and 18th century. As well as being a very well known and very well read writer, he lived before the founding of modern Greece so his history is free of much modern bias, such as the term "Hellenistic' which hadn't been invented yet and the self-serving interpretations promoted by modern Greek historians and their philhellene sympathizers. Volume 1 is on the Egyptians and Carthaginians, Volume 2 is on the Assyrians, Persians, Medes and Grecians, Volume 3 is on the Persians and Grecians, Volume 4 includes Philip and Alexander, Volume 5 covers Alexander and his successors, and Volume 6 and Volume 7 are also on Alexander's successors with Volume 7 also discussing Syracuse, Pontus and Egypt.

The Wandering Refugees
Wanderers is a novel by Stojan Kochov based on the life of Pavle Rakovski, a village boy from Kleshtina near Lerin who fought in the Greek Civil War as a leader in the Voden region. He was arrested in Albania and, accused of being a Titoist, he spent time in Stalin's prisons in Moscow and Siberia. Later, Khrushchev allowed him and his family to go to the Republic of Macedonia, where he and his wife were spied upon and ostracized for decades for being ‘Stalinists and nationalists'. His wife Urania says the documents on her husband "had more than 3,000 pages and contained daily information from the moment Rakovski set foot on Macedonian soil until his death in 1988." The novel is translated by Risto Stefov. The English version is Here. The Macedonian version, Talkachi, is Here.

Macedonians in Bulgaria
Pollitecon's Free Ebooks library has a copy of the paper, Makedonsko Maltsinstvo vo Bugaria od Priznanje kon Negiranje 1948-1989 by human rights activist, assistant professor doctor Stojko Stojkov. The paper looks at the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria from 1948 – 1989, a period that saw the Bulgarian Government officially recognize the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria and then cancel this recognition. The paper examines the processes that led to the end of the recognition and minority rights and the imposition of the opposite policy. This commenced with halting the process of unifying Pirin Macedonia with the People's Republic of Macedonia and abolishing the cultural autonomy of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria and withdrawing their minority rights. The end result was complete denial of the existence of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria. The paper is Here.

The "Heroes of Prilep"
Four books from the Heroes of Prilep series have been published. These are: Vojojdite Spiro Tsrne and Giorgia Lazho, Vojvojdata Dime Chakre, Vojvojdite Kone Pavlev and Mirche Artsev, and Jordan Gavazot. The books are in Macedonian with a summary in English. If you would like a copy, please contact the organizer, Trenco Dimitrioski by clicking Here. The "Heroes of Prilep" project will be 12 pocket edition books about people and events from the Pelagonya, Mariovo and Prekurid regions of Macedonia.

Mincho Fotev and the Macedonian National Liberation Movement in Greece
A new book in Pollitecon's Free Ebooks library is Mincho Fotev and the National Liberation Movement of the Macedonian People from Greek Occupied Macedonia (1941-1949). Mincho Fotev was a leading Macedonian figure in the People's Liberation Movement in Greek Occupied Macedonia and left behind considerable information on his views and assessments about the Macedonian participation in defending Greece against fascist Italian aggression, about Greece's capitulation in World War II, about the division of Greek occupied Macedonia by the occupying forces, about Bulgarian propaganda and the creation of a pro-Bulgarian movement and, most importantly, about the Macedonian national liberation movement in Greek occupied Macedonia from 1941 to 1949. The book is by Dr Mihailo Minoski and translated and edited by Risto Stefov. The English version is Here. The Macedonian version is Here.

Five Books on Modern Balkan History
Available for download are five books on modern Balkan history from the Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe. These are: The Ottoman Empire, Nations and States in Southeast Europe, The Balkan Wars, The Second World War, and Clio in the Balkans - The Politics of History Education. The first four books are a series put together as alternative teaching materials as they tell the history of the Balkans from an objective angle rather than from one country's perspective. One of the aims of the project was that national history taught in schools should not be nationalistic history. There are fourteen contributors from eleven Southeast European countries.

Prespa in Flames and Smoke
Kosta Mundushev was born in the village of Rabi in Mala Prespa, which is now part of Greece; and his book, Prespa in Flames and Smoke, is about the natural, geographic and ethnic history of the Prespa Valley and the Prespa and Mala Prespa lakes. It is about the struggles of the Macedonian people in the region under occupation and oppression and their unfulfilled desire for freedom. The book has a lot of information on the period from the First World War to the Greek-Italian front in Albania in the Second World War, the Greek Civil War and the 1949 mass exodus through Prespa. The book was translated and edited by Risto Stefov. The English edition is Here. The Macedonian version, Prespa vo Plamen in Chad, is Here.

The Ancient Kingdom of Macedonia and the Republic of Macedonia
The book The Ancient Kingdom of Macedonia and the Republic of Macedonia looks at the extent to which the ancient Macedonian kings were present in the territory that is now the Republic of Macedonia and at how important these areas were. The book discusses the ethnic framework, neighbouring kingdoms and their attitudes, the coins of the Macedonian kings, and key historical events and battles. It concludes that the territory of the present day Republic of Macedonia was completely part of the ancient Kingdom of Macedonia. The book is by Victor Lilchikj Adams, Igor Shirtovski, Vladimir Atanasov, Viktor Siminovski and Filip Adzievski. It has some great photos. The book is Here.

Before the Comintern
Pred Kominternata by academic Dalibor Jovanovski is a paper about the Macedonian population from the 1870s to the 1920s based on correspondence from Greek diplomats, military officers, intellectuals and journalists. The author says that although Greek officials and scholars assert that the Macedonian nation and language were created by the Communist International in 1934, a look at source material shows something different. Early terminology used by Greek officials, military officers, intellectuals and journalists to name the Macedonian population in Greece and its language used the terms Macedonians, Macedonian speaking or Slav-Macedonians to denote the population. The terms Macedonian or Slav-Macedonian were used to denote the language of the population. The author presumes such terminology was used to avoid connecting the population and its language with the Bulgarians. Pred Kominternata is Here.

The Advent of Christianity in Macedonia
A new book in Pollitecon's Free Ebooks Library is Basil Chulev's Tracing the Origins of the First European Christian Community - Macedonian Autocephalous Apostolic Church. Mr Chulev says the book provides an easy to understand overview of the advent of Christianity in Macedonia. The time-frame is from the beginning of the 1st century AD to today. It discusses periods from Macedonian Christian history and culture to enhance understanding and appreciation of the first Christendom in Europe. The discussion focuses on the Macedonian aspects of the story. The book is Here.

Justinian I the Great and The Siege of Svetigrad
Other free ebooks books by Basil Chulev are: Justinian I the Great - Macedonian Imperator of Konstantinopolitana Nova Roma (Constantinople) and The Siege of Svetigrad (Saint-City).

Death in Solun
Death in Solun is a novel by Iovan Parlapanov and translated into English by Risto Stefov. The commentator Branimir Stanoievich says the novel paints a picture of the persecution perpetrated by the Greek state apparatus against the Macedonian and other progressive people in Greece, who aspired to step into the future with human dignity. "The novel is filled with all the political turmoil that took place in Greece during and after the war," he says. Risto Stefov says the novel tells the Macedonian story very well and interesting and easy to read. The English version is Here. The Macedonian version is Here.

St Teresa's Childhood
Two new books in Pollitecon's Free Ebooks library are St.Teresa's Childhood and the original Macedonian version Detstvoto na Sveta Teresa. The author is Martin Trenevski and the English version was translated by Risto Stefov. St Teresa was born and grew up in Skopje.
The English version is Here. The Macedonian version is Here.

Books and DVDs by Other Publishers

The Macedonian
The Macedonian is a poignant documentary in which Petro Aleksowski traces the footsteps of his father Mito, one of 1,700 Macedonian children evacuated to Poland during the Greek Civil War. Petro sees his father's village and meets close relatives, but he also runs into trouble with Greek bureaucracy. Meanwhile Mito, who still lives in Poland, is without citizenship and feels like a stranger wherever he goes. A DVD of the documentary is available from the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee. The price is $25 including delivery anywhere in Australia. You can order Here. Mito is the author of Pollitecon's first book What Europe Has Forgotten: The Struggle of the Aegean Macedonians.

Ne Mi Vikajte Immigrant
Ne Mi Vikajte Immigrant - Poraka od Sontseto or Don't Call Me an Immigrant - Message from the Sun is a novel by Georgina Chakar. Ms Chakar is a well traveled architect from Macedonia who many years ago used to write stories for Australian Macedonian Weekly before heading off overseas. She has now written a novel. The story is cosmopolitan with global travelers, inter-ethnic marriage and a drama that unfolds across Paris, Eden, Sydney, Dubai, New York, Bordeaux and Skopje. Among other themes the story looks at how the concepts of immigrants and expatriates can become meaningless. Georgina Chakar can be contacted Here.

The novel Ksantika by Vase Robev is based on the true story of disenfranchised Macedonians living in Greece in the first years after the division of Macedonia following the Balkan Wars. The soldier Vangel returns to his village of Aetos as a wounded veteran to discover that his betrothed, Jana, had married a wealthy neighbor who immediately after the wedding took her to Canada. Vangel finds new love and begins a family but Jana, who has been turned by her husband into a prostitute, escapes and returns to Macedonia. Great complications follow between Jana's husband and Jana, who forms an "andarte" band and seeks revenge. The novel was translated into English by Maria Canavarro. The paperback is available at amazon.com Here. The Macedonian version is available Here.

New Novel by Nove Mladenovski
Macedonian Australian author Nove Mladenovski has published a new novel, Krushi Gornitsi. The author says the novel is about finding a place in a village community, about the desire to survive and live and to become someone and something in impossible conditions. A discussion with Mr Mladenovski and others on SBS Radio about his book is Here. For further information the author can be contacted Here. Mr Mladenovski's earlier novel was the sci-fi story Ismeshani Svetovi or Mixed Worlds.

Aegean Macedonian Exodus
Egejska Makedonia Exodus is an excellent documentary about Aegean Macedonia. It has great interviews and historical footage, and the cinematography of the villages and people is just as great. Although its title is Exodus, the thing about an exodus is that they can force or chase you out but that doesn't stop those who can from going back. The documentary 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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