These days, following the information on the so-called name agreement between the prime ministers of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev and the Republic of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, in a political broadcast, I came across information about Prof. Dr. Antonis Liakos.
He is a leading history professor at the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Athens. Research fellow and visiting professor at the University of Birmingham (1989), European University Institute (1995), University of Sydney (1995) University of Princeton (1996, 2006), Ecole Normale Superieure (2001), member of the Board of the European Doctorate in Social History (2005-20010).
The distinguished professor wrote several books in the field of history and historiography, including -The Unification of Italy and the Greek National Idea, Firenze, Aletheia, 1995, -Labour and Politics in the Interwar Greece, Athens 1993, -How the past turns to history? Athens, Polis, 2007, -The Nation. How was imagined by those who wanted to change the world? Athens, Polis, 2006 and many other papers.
2. Chapters in Books
- “Il passato come utopia e il desiderio di storia” in Rolf Petri (ed.) Nostalgia. Memoria e passggi tra le due sponde dell’ Adriatico, Roma-Venezia, Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani, 2010, 63-74
- “History Wars: Questioning Tolerance” in: Gudmundur Halfanarson (ed.) Discrimination and Tolerance in Historical Perspective, Pisa, Edizioni Plus, 2008, 77-92
- “Hellenism and the Making of Modern Greece: Time, Language, Space” in Katerina Zacharia (Editor), Hellenisms. Culture, Identity and ethnicity from Antiquity to Modernity, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008, 201-236
- “Canon and the conceptual frameworks of modern history” in Gurcan Kocan (Editor), Transnational Concepts, transfers and the challenge of the peripheries, Istanbul Technical University Press, 2008, 20-29
- „Canonical and Anticanonical Histories“ in Neni Panourgia and George Marcus, Ethnographica Moralia. Experiments in Interpretative Anthropology, New York, FordhamUniversity Press, 2008, 138-156
- “From the Greek to the common our language” in A.F. Christides (ed.), History of Ancient Greek: From the Beginnings to the Late Antiquity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007, 1287-1295
- “Historical Time and National Space in Modern Greece”, in Hayashi Tadayuki and Hiroshi Fukuda, Regions in Central and Eastern Europe: Past and Present, Sapporo, Slavic Eurasian Studies 15, 2007, 205-227
- “Multiple Paths to Citizenship. T.H.Marshall’s Theory and the Greek Case”, in Steven Ellis, G.Halfdanarson, A.K. Isaacs (Eds), Citizenship in Historical Perspective, Pisa, Plus, 2006, 65-70
- “Modern Greek Historiography (1974-2000). The Era of Tradition from Dictatorship to Democracy” in Ulf Brunbauer (ed.), (Re)Writing History. Historiography in Southeast Europe after Socialism, Münster, LIT Verlag, 2004, 351-378;
- “Rebels and Bandits in the academic conferences” introduction to H. Fleischer (editor) Greece ‘36-‘49. From the Dictatorship to the Civil War, Athens, Kastaniotis, 2003, 27-36
- .“The Construction of National Time. The Making of the Modern Greek Historical Imagination” in Jacques Revel and Giovanni Levi, Political Uses of the Past, The Recent Mediterranean Experience, London, Frank Cass, 2002, 27-42
In the above chapter 3, in Katerina Zacharia’s book, Hellenisms. Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity from Antiquity to Modernity, the respected professor explain how modern Greece arose. He also claims that the name of modern Greece, although it corresponds to the name of ancient Greece, still the modern Greek nation is a young nation created during the 19th century by a secession of territories from the Ottoman Empire such as Thrace, Macedonia and Epirus, the Ionian Islands and Crete.
According to this respected professor, it is clear that Macedonia has never been Greek. In fact, as the Greek professor points out, modern Greece has occupied the Aegean part of Macedonia and wants to turn the history of Macedonia in all possible ways.
With the help of the Great Powers, Greece was created. With the help of the Great Powers and Zoran Zaev was appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia. With the help of the Great Powers and the so-called name agreement, it was signed. Only the Macedonian people are not asked for it. When it comes to something as significant as the name of the state, the identity, the language for which the blood of our ancestors has been pouring out for centuries, a decision-making referendum is not enough.