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Old 09-07-2016, 03:29 PM   #1
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I wrote a book on Macedonian history between 1878 and 1912. It's called "Anarchy in Macedonia: Life under the Ottomans, 1878-1912" and you can find it on Amazon (book version or kindle). Donating all profits to the Macedonian Church in Detroit. Hope you check it out and find it an interesting and relevant read!

https://www.amazon.com/Anarchy-Maced...f=zg_bs_4964_4

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This is a short historical analysis of your surname. Try a google translation if you're interested.

http://amorgis.blogspot.gr/2011/12/blog-post_11.html
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Thanks for the link. But I believe Sinadin is the root to my name, not Sinad...and in a different language, nevertheless.
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http://amorgis.blogspot.gr/2011/12/blog-post_11.html
And this is related to the topic of this thread because...?
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I would have banned you out of complete irrelevance. Why don't you buy his book and talk about that instead?
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:54 PM   #6
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Just bought the kindle version
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Ottoman rule in Macedonia was always unfavorable to the Macedonians -- the Turks were ruthless and oppressive. But the period of the Macedonian national resurgence was extraordinarily burdensome and grueling. These last four decades of Turkish rule in Macedonia can likely be categorized as the bloodiest and most chaotic years of Macedoniaís existence. This book describes those conditions that made Macedonia an inescapable abyss of anarchy, where the only certainty was violence and poverty.

I'm not sure about the poverty part. I remember being curious about the amazing growth of Thessaloniki post-1912. Then I found out that this was just a continuation of a trend that started in 1870s (or earlier). As Ottoman Empire was collapsing and new powers were emerging and growing this seemed like a very promising period. Many aspects of modern civilization were also arriving challenging the backward sides of Ottomans. Schools appeared in every village, newspapers start circulating and (I imagine) there was a lot hope and antagonism. Itís also possible that Macedonia along with Constantinople were the most advanced and progressive parts of the Empire.

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Thanks for the link. But I believe Sinadin is the root to my name, not Sinad...and in a different language, nevertheless.
Interesting. What is a Sinadin in your language?

You shouldnít take offence as Synadenos/Synodenos is considered (and sounds) aristocratic in Greece.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synadenos

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I would have banned you out of complete irrelevance. Why don't you buy his book and talk about that instead?
Havenít you lost your banning privilege? (Itís my survival instinct that is asking).

Now that I think about it, while constantly speaking and reading about politics I have never bought a modern political book. Congratulation to vicsinad. Writing a book makes you immortal.
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I'm not sure about the poverty part. I remember being curious about the amazing growth of Thessaloniki post-1912. Then I found out that this was just a continuation of a trend that started in 1870s (or earlier). As Ottoman Empire was collapsing and new powers were emerging and growing this seemed like a very promising period. Many aspects of modern civilization were also arriving challenging the backward sides of Ottomans. Schools appeared in every village, newspapers start circulating and (I imagine) there was a lot hope and antagonism. Itís also possible that Macedonia along with Constantinople were the most advanced and progressive parts of the Empire.[quote]

The entire first chapter is about taxation policies. Sure, there were individuals and towns that were wealthy; however, for most, that wealth was not stable. Most of the Jews of Solun and Bitola (the wealthier inhabitants) had their lives turned upside down after the Balkan Wars. They were specifically targeted because of their wealth and for catering to Turkish authorities.

Macedonia was only progressive (if you want to call it that) as a result of IMRO and partly the Young Turks. Yes, they had much better agricultural land than many parts of the Empire (that's partly why Greece aimed to invade and take over Macedonia), but because of this, the Sultan sent in his unpaid and poorly paid soldiers to raid whatever the Macedonians had whenever they went on patrols. This combined with tax collection kept Macedonia in poverty.

Regardless, the evidence suggests that poverty was essentially certain in Macedonia, whether you had wealth or not. Here is Harold Lake writing:

"For this is the law of Macedonia, that you should not build yourself a secure and costly home which your enemy may at any time destroy or take for himself; you shall not plant great fields or any more than is strictly necessary for yourself lest your enemy come and reap your rich harvest; you shall not make an easy road to your home lest your enemy come down it swiftly to your destruction. It is better and safer to have so poor a house that it is not worth the burning, so small a crop that it is not worth the gathering, so painful a road that it is not worth the traveling."


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A: Not a political book. B: I'm not that naive and my ego is not that large. Only two people in history are arguably immortal: Jesus and Alexander the Macedonian. (Maybe Buddha and Caesar?). Neither of them wrote books.
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Right about now your instinct should be telling you to stick to the topic of the thread. It should also be telling you to apply the same rationale in all other threads. Just keep it relevant or move on. You know the drill.
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I wrote a book on Macedonian history between 1878 and 1912. It's called "Anarchy in Macedonia: Life under the Ottomans, 1878-1912" and you can find it on Amazon (book version or kindle). Donating all profits to the Macedonian Church in Detroit. Hope you check it out and find it an interesting and relevant read!
Good for you mate, great initiative. Looking forward to reading it.
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