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Old 02-17-2009, 07:18 AM   #9
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It is clear that Miladinov naturally refers to his land as Macedonia and not Bulgaria. As a defense against Greek aims to usurp Macedonia, and a consequence of the already common fight of the Slavic-speakers of Macedonia and Bulgaria against the Greek-speaking clergy and upper classes, he refers to Macedonia as 'west Bulgaria', as it would give the impression that the people of Macedonia were not on their own in the struggle. In the context of an era where the generic use of the 'Bulgarian' name among Slavic-speaking peasants in the Ottoman Empire was commonplace, it is not difficult to understand why some actions were taken.

While a Slavic-speaking peasant from anywhere in the Ottoman Empire could rightly refer to themselves as a 'Bulgarian', the Macedonian name was used more on an exclusive basis and could not be inclusive of Slavic-speaking people outside of historical Macedonia and the adjacent regions. The only 'negative' aspect in this respect is its perceived 'isolation'.
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