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Blood Ties: Religion, Violence and the Politics of Nationhood in Ottoman Macedonia, 1878-1908

Ipek Yosmaoglu


The region that is today the Republic of Macedonia was long the heart of the Ottoman Empire in Europe. It was home to a mix of peoples and faiths who had for hundreds of years lived together in relative peace. In the late nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century, however, the region was periodically racked by bitter conflict that was different from previous outbreaks of violence. This book explains the origins of this shift from sporadic to systemic and pervasive violence through a social history of the “Macedonian Question.” The account begins in the aftermath of the Congress o ... More

Keywords: Republic of Macedonia, Ottoman Empire, zero-sum imperialism, nascent nationalism, World War I, Ottoman Macedonia, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452260
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ipek Yosmaoglu, author
Assistant Professor of History, Northwestern University