DROPPING COMMUNIST HISTORY BOOKS FOR SCHOOLS
Macedonians had to wait 68 years for the country to finally remove its communist history books, created by the then pro Yugoslavia circles.
While Macedonia's neighbors worked 60 years carefully crafting their history books, redefining and rewriting each sentence to serve their agenda and myths (look up Greece), others spent 5 days to come up with their history - claim Goce Delcev, Pitu Guli, Czar Samoil, Cyril and Methodius, Kliment Ohridski (look up Bulgaria), Macedonia had finally managed to free itself from communist ghosts who are still lurking, though in smaller numbers.
Today the book "History of the Macedonian People" was launched that will serve as a guide in all schools.
The book was written by numerous authors. One of them, Mr. Mitko Panov held a press conference and took questions from journalists.
MINA had a chance to review the book, albeit for few minutes. It is interesting and perhaps expected that Macedonia's slavic connection was not removed. After all every Balkan country, even Germany has Slavic connections.
Mr Panov explains that the Slavs who came to the Balkans, did not come in large numbers as to overturn the demographic footprint of the Macedonians who were already established on the land. Clear proof of this is the dozen DNA studies conducted by Spanish, British and Swiss Institutions of not just the Macedonians, but all Balkan peoples.
In the book, one can note the removal of the terms Hellenism and Hellenic who were coined by Historian (Politician) Johann Gustav Droysen, hired by the then Greek ruler Prince Otto. The reason for the term "Hellenism" (1836) was for Prince Otto to unite as he called the "dangerous mixture of Albanians, Macedonians, Vlachs, Turks in Greece".
Mr Panov's book uses the terms Macedonianism and Alexandrism instead. The author was asked by a pesky A1 journalist who kept interrupting why Mr Panov omitted the term 'Hellenic'!
Mr Panov said the term was incorrect, was created 150 years ago for political, not historical purposes.
The book establishes the connection of today's Macedonians with the Ancients.
'The History of the Macedonian People' is published by the Institute of National History and is available in Macedonian and English, to be distributed to foreign organizations worldwide.