Denko Maleski, a Man Among Liars

Denko Maleski

Denko Maleski

[From the website of UKIM’s Faculty of Law]: “Denko Maleski is Fulltime Professor at the Faculty of Law, “Ss Cyril and Methodius University” in Skopje. He lectures International Politics and International Law as well as Contemporary Political Systems. Professor Maleski is author of numerous scientific papers, articles and essays from the above mentioned areas. He is the author of the books: “Contemporary Political Systems” (1986); “International Politics” (2000) and “The World of Thucydides and Machiavelli” (2001).

In 1990/1991 as a Fulbright Visiting Professor he lectured at the postgraduate studies at the Bowling Grin University in Ohio, USA. In 1998/1999 he attended the studies at the Center for International Studies “Woodrow Wilson” at the Preston University, USA. In 1985 he was elected Head of the Interdisciplinary studies of Journalism. Since 1997 he has been the Head of the postgraduate studies of International Law and International Politics at the Faculty of Law in Skopje.

Professor Denko Maleski was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia* from 1991 to 1993 and a Permanent representative of the Republic of Macedonia in the United Nations from 1993 to 1997.”


……..”The lack of capability by “Macedonists” in condition of democracy, also contributes to the vision of their opponents. The creation of the “Macedonian” nation, for almost half of a century, was done in a condition of single-party dictatorship. In those times, there was no difference between science and ideology, so the “Macedonian” historiography, unopposed by anybody, comfortably performed a selection of the historic material from which the “Macedonian” identity was created. There is nothing atypical here for the process of the creation of any modern nation, except when falsification from the type of substitution of the word “Bulgarian” with the word “Macedonian” were made. In a case which that was not possible, the persons from history were proclaimed for Bulgarian agents who crossed into some imaginary pure “Macedonian” space.

But when we had to encourage the moderate Greek political variant and move into a direction of reconciliation among peoples, our nationalism was modelled according to the Greek one. The direct descendants of Alexander the Great raised the fallen flag on which the constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia was written and led the people in the final confrontation with the Hellenes (Greeks), the direct descendants of Greek gods. This warlike attitude of the “winners” which was a consequence of the fear of politician from heavy and unpopular compromises had its price. In those years, we lost our capability for strategic dialog. With Greeks? No, with ourselves. Since then, namely, we reach towards some fictional ethnic purity which we seek in the depths of the history and we are angry at those which dare to call us Slavs and our language and culture Slavic!? We are angry when they name us what we -if we have to define ourselves in such categories- are, showing that we are people full with complexes which are ashamed for ourselves. We lost our capability for reasonable judgment, someone shall say, because the past of the Balkans teaches us that to be wise among fools is foolish. Maybe. Maybe the British historians are right when they say that in history one can find confirmation for every modern thesis, so, we could say, also for the one that we are descendants of the Ancient Macedonians. The trouble is that this thesis leads us into direct clash with the most powerful nationalism in Europe, and perhaps in the World-the Greek one. Is that wise?”………………….

Denko Maleski in the FYROMian Newspaper “Utrinski Vesnik“, 16.Oct 2006
“The idea that Alexander the Great was something that belonged to our history was in the minds of some extremist political groups only! These groups were insignificant the first years of our independence, but the big problem is that the old Balkan Nations have been used to be legitimized through their history. In the Balkans, if you want to be recognized as a Nation, you need to have history 3000 years old. So since you made us invent a history, we invented it!(…) You forced us to the arms of the extreme nationalists who today claim that we are direct descendants of Alexander the Great!”

Denko Maleski, in an interview to Greek TV channel Mega, November 2006


One response to “Denko Maleski, a Man Among Liars

  1. I grant mr. Maleski his notion about greek nationalism even if it is rather a patriotism, and even if the case with Skopje goes beyond nationalism and into officialy expressed irredentism.

    Facts are
    – Greeks do not pose territorial claims against, and up until recently did not raise minority issues in Skopje.
    – Greek nationalist concept ‘megali idea’ is societaly marginalized.

    All in all I’d say it’s due to the Skopjan nationalism that more and more greeks occupy themselves with so-called national issues. If it wasn’t for that the popularity of such issues would be minimal in Greece.

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