Loyal Unto Death: Trust And Terror In Revolutionary Macedonia (New Anthropologies Of Europe)
Loyal Unto Death: Trust and Terror in Revolutionary Macedonia (New Anthropologies of Europe)
The underground Macedonian Revolutionary Organization recruited and mobilized over 20,000 supporters to take up arms against the Ottoman Empire between 1893 and 1903. Challenging conventional wisdom about the role of ethnic and national identity in Balkan history, Keith Brown focuses on social and cultural mechanisms of loyalty to describe the circuits of trust and terror―webs of secret communications and bonds of solidarity―that linked migrant workers, remote villagers, and their leaders in common cause. Loyalties were covertly created and maintained through acts of oath-taking, record-keeping, arms-trading, and in the use and management of deadly violence.
"Keith Brown does a fantastic job of reconstructing the feeling inside Macedonia itself at a time when Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria were vying with Turkey to possess it. He makes clear how important it is not to impose the present on the past. By thinking outside the box of nationalism, Brown improves our understanding of the past and also contributes to understanding the present." ―Victor Friedman, University of Chicago
"Loyal Unto Death is a fascinating account of an anti-imperialist struggle that pushes readers to think beyond the nation....