On Sunday, November 2, 2008, the Canadian Macedonian
Historical Society hosted a book launch for the much anticipated,
Macedonia and the Macedonians by Professor Andrew Rossos. It was
held at Victoria College’s Alumni Room, which is part of
the University of Toronto. Members of the Society, colleagues
of Professor Rossos and other interested parties were invited.
The event was made possible by the principal of Victoria College
who was kind enough to offer the room in honour of Dr. Rossos.
It was an ideal venue for the book launch. In addition to snacks
and beverages provided by the College, delicious zelnitsi prepared
by Mary Rossos, Dr. Rossos’ sister-in-law, and Paul Thomas,
the Society’s treasurer were served. We could not have a
book launch about a history book of Macedonia without presenting
There were more than at least fifty people in attendance, including
some of Dr. Rossos’ colleagues. Books, signed by Professor
Rossos, were available for sale. But more importantly, Andrew
Rossos spoke to a fascinated audience about the difficulties he
faced in locating the information in various cities such as Sofia,
Athens and Skopje in Europe and to what lengths he had to go to
make sure that his research was thorough. One such example was
that his permission to peruse archival material was withdrawn
after two weeks of research in Sofia.
Virginia Evans introducing
They say that “history has been written by the victor”.
However, this time, Dr. Rossos, who himself was a child refugee
from Aegean Macedonia, and who spent his early years in Czechoslovakia
(now the Czech Republic) made it his project and decided to take
on the task of writing our history. Members of the Society are
grateful for the meticulous approach and passion that he brought
to the project.
Professor Andrew Rossos
This is a book for those who have not had the opportunity or even
the volition to read about Macedonian history before. This work
is now available for those who want to find some answers, as well
as for those scholars who want a comprehensive read about a very
complex subject. A very thorough picture of how Macedonians, as
a people, became more aware of their nationalism through many
avenues. It gives an overall picture of where we were and why.
Because of the influence of neighbouring countries with their
own nationalistic agendas, there has been so much confusion about
why we are where we are now. Professor Rossos writes about the
transitions Macedonia has had to endure, and still endures.
Macedonia and the Macedonians was written by “nashe”
academic and with the tenacity of a Macedonian. It is important
to recognize our accomplishments. However, sometimes we are reluctant
to honor our own. When a book is written by a professor at the
Department of History, University of Toronto and especially the
reluctant Dr. Andrew Rossos, we need to make a fuss.
You can purchase a soft cover version of the book through the
website and click on BOOKS. Please check it out.