The Macedonian Struggle for freedom from the Ottoman Empire was captured by the New York Times through various articles published during the late 1890s and early 1900s. The articles discuss topics such as the creation of the Komiti bands, the efforts to liberate Macedonia, the efforts to win independence similar to the Crete model at the time, the Ilinden Uprising efforts, among other topics.
Click on the below links for the specific articles:
- When Mount Olympus and Rhodopes were part of Macedonia(1895)
- When some Greeks were aiding the neigbour Macedonians in their freedom fight (1896)
- The Macedonian determination for independence (1902)
- How the Turkish forces defeated the Macedonians in the Ohrid area (at that time under Albania 1902)
- How Bulgarians and Greeks worked against the Macedonian liberation movement which was compared to the Irish one at the time
- The call for International protectorate similar to the Crete concept(1903)
- How Goce Delchev, the leader of the Macedonian liberation movement, was betrayed by a Greek spy to the Turkish forces
- The travel guide through Macedonia including Petrich (present day Bulgaria) and Thessaloníki (present day Greece) (1903)
- A front page article how Macedonians were tormented by the Albanians and the Turks(1901)
The author clearly explains how these Macedonians are different than the Bulgarians or the Macedonians in Bulgaria.
A clear testament of the Macedonian identity in the late 1890s and early 1900s is expressed through these articles during a time when Macedonia and Macedonians were trying to liberate themselves from the yoke of the Ottoman Empire. The articles define the Macedonians as a separate distinct nationality from the Bulgarians, Greeks, Albanians, Serbians.