The attempts made by Skopje to
provide evidence for its allegations by the use of forged maps are
familiar to all. No matter
how hard one may try, will find no maps printed anywhere in the world before
1944 which show the word 'Macedonia' in any country other than Greece. In 1944,
the first maps published by the Yugoslavs showed southern Serbia as the "Socialist
Republic of Macedonia". This map was later reprinted, with the words 'Socialist
Republic of omitted and the word 'Macedonia' deleted from Greece: as
a result, those using the map would form the opinion that 'Macedonia' lay only
within Yugoslavia and that therefore there was a 'Macedonian nation' which, of
course, would speak its own language.
None of these maps, or any other published
before the Second World War, makes any reference to a 'Macedonian nation', for
the simple reason that no such thing existed before the Yugoslav Communist Party
During the period of rule by the Ottoman
Empire (after 1529), the Turks implemented their own system of division, as can
be seen from the ethnographic map of 1908 based on the census conducted by Hilmi
Pasha in 1904. This map makes no reference to Macedonia, because the area was
divided into 'sancaks' and 'vilayets' (the Vilayets of Monastir and Thessaloniki).
A map dating from as far back as 1350
shows the realm of King Stepan Dusan of Serbia, who referred to it as the
"kingdom of Serbs and Greeks". Stepan Dusan divided his kingdom into two
parts, the northern (stretching as far as Skopje), which he bestowed on his son,
and the southern (Greek), which he kept for himself. If there was any such thing
as a 'Macedonian nation' he would surely have called his realm the 'kingdom
of Serbs and Macedon ians' or the
Serbs, Greeks and Macedonians'.
The 'kingdom of Serbs, Croats and
Slovenians' was set up after the First World War. Once again, had there been
any Macedonians, it would have borne the title of
'kingdom of Serbs, Croats, Slovenes and Macedonians.
In 1824, a New Historical Map of Greece was
published at Baltimore by E.Z. Coal. In the legend, the publisher describes
Macedonia as a part of mainland Greece, and marks its northern border as lying
beyond the town of Monastir.