When was the first time the word “Macedonia” was defined to include lands of the nowadays Rep. of Skopje?

 

After the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-1878 which ended with a Russian victory the two parties signed what became known as the treaty of San Stefano (1878).
The chief Russian negotiator was Count Ignatiev, the Panslavist Russian Ambassador at Constantinople between 1864-1877. The statistics used by Ignatiev during these negotiations, when he gave a new definition to the word “Macedonia”, were provided to him by a Bosnian, Kerkovic. The San Stedano treaty provided for the creation of “Greater Bulgaria” that would include the then Bulgarian state, Eastern Rumelia, parts of today’s Albania as far to the west as the city of Koritsa, and “Macedonia” which was then first defined to include what is known nowadays as Republic of Skopje, the southwestern part of nowadays.
Bulgaria, and Macedonia (of Greece). It is interesting to note that the three Turkish vilaets covering this “Macedonia” were the vilaets of Thessaloniki, Monastirio and parts of the vilaet of Kossovo. The city of Skopje was in the vilaet of Kossovo.
Even the most extremist Bulgarian nationalists celebrated on the good news. The other European powers objected to this settlement because they feared that it would give Russia the ability to seize easily Constantinople. One of these powers, Austria-Hungary, was displeased by the prospect of Bulgaria holding the port of Thessaloniki as this would have barred its own descent to this port through Bosnia.
In the Berlin Congress, held weeks later, in the summer of 1878, the arrangements of the San Stefan Treaty (regarding Bulgaria) were cancelled with the full agreement of Russia since Russia did not want to risk a war against the other European Powers.
The “Macedonia” of the San Stefano treaty thus remained under Ottoman rule divided into various vilaets and sandjaks. It is ironic that this new definition of “Macedonia”, invented for the purpose of delivering lands of the Ottoman empire to Bulgaria on the occasion of the San Stefano Treaty, outlived that Treaty and is still used by some people to define Macedonia.
The end result of the San Stefano treaty was that it gave Bulgaria the pretext to actively interfere in “Macedonia”, as it would become apparent from later events in the region.

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Comments
ALEXANDER THE GREAT OF HELLENES says:

@ILIJA, there is no other state than FYROM in the whole world with 40% minorities.FYROM apart from being a multinational and multireligious microstate, it is also situated in the hot Balkan zone among historic nations such as the Hellenes, the Serbs and the Bulgarians!Such contitions are a self-fulfilling prophecy of FYROM’s ultimate destruction from within.While Albanians in FYROM are preparing for a new revolution against the Slavic majority of FYROM in order to create their own state named “Illyrida” in Western and northern FYROM… dreaming of lands that you never had is not the best thing to do!

ALEXANDER THE GREAT OF HELLENES says:

@Methodius Alexandrovski, with such stupid arguments you don’t prove anything!The Worldwide common knowledge is that Thessaloniki is the authentic name of the city and don’t forget that it took its name from the sister of Alexander The Great who was named Thessaloniki and not “solun”.”Solun” or the turkish “salonik” are just translations into the bulgarian and turkish language respectively.In the same way, Florina is the authentic name of the city, while “lerin” is the translation into the bulgarian language and its slavic dialect in modern FYROM!On the other hand in modern FYROM many cities have original names through FYROM’s historical traditions.For instance, the city of Veles took its name from a Slavic God before the Christianisation of your people by the Greek monks of Saints Cyril and Methodius.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius

Methodius Alexandrovski says:

If you look at the online 1910 version of encyclopaedia britannica, refer to the reference turkey, you will find a map of the ottoman empire in europe. Thessaloniki naturally does not appear on the 1910 map, the town is referred Solun and the vilayet referred to Solunica. The other vilayet are Kossovar and Monastir etc. You may then wish to refer to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1911 which facilitated observers to attend Macedonia, they attended the capital Solun, the population of these regions was referred to as mostly slavic. Certainly, these reports at t eh start of the 20th Century, from the University of Chicago and the Carnegie Endowment cannot be accepted as being anything but independent.

Alexandros says:

Why doesnt the admin deletes such moronic comments from the West-Bulgarian retards of FYROM who occasionaly masturbate on their keyboards making no sense?

ILIJA says:

MACEDONIA IS ONE AND ONLY ONE. WITH CAPITAL CITY OF THESSALONIKI (SOLUN). WITH ALL TREE PARTS (EGEJ,PIRIN AND VARDAR PART). Not Rep.of Skopje of FYRO MACEDONIA.

MACEDONIA TO THE MACEDONIANS.

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