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Old 05-13-2019, 09:58 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Carlin15 View Post
.....the Vlachs received "new names" from the state after World War II, i.e. -ski, -ev endings).
Was there a formal edict or law which mandated that Vlachs had to "receive new names" from the state?
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A lot of Vlachs have fought and died for Macedonia.
True. The Vlachs (those who weren't suckered in by the Greeks) were probably the only ethnic group that provided a notable level of support to the Macedonians in their quest for a free Macedonia. Those who sacrificed their lives for the cause deserve nothing less than respect. Macedonia honours its Vlach heroes. Too bad many of their descendants aren't as passionate about the idea of a sovereign Macedonia today.
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Also, the number of people who have some/partial Vlach ancestry is much higher than observed in the census numbers (people simply declare themselves as Macedonians).
There is some truth to that, but nearly all of the minorities claim their numbers were/are much higher and/or have decreased due to assimilation. If we were to take them all at face value, then actual Macedonians have been an ethnic minority in their own fatherland for quite some time. Meanwhile, most records from the 19th century clearly indicate that the cultural and linguistic ancestors of today's ethnic Macedonians were the majority in the territory of the Macedonian republic. Go figure.
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