Nah, that's just an ignorant perspective. There's a lot of factors that need to be considered before calling an entire people 'backward'.
Westerners make fun of all Balkan countries.
I don't know about that, some do some don't. It's all about context. And I guess it's normal for someone from the Balkans to be the punch line of a joke considering the contrasting economic situations.
To single out Macedonians is like the pot calling the kettle black.
It's true that there are many similarities in mentality.. but if we were to single anyone out, we should really look at Bulgarians. I mean, we are the coolest of all Balkanians afterall.
Nikola, what's your view on 'Macedonians' from the Aegean and the Pirin region?
Nikola, look, please don't take it out on me but ancient macedonia *only* covered approximately 10% of slavic fyrom (Vardar). The ancient peoples who lived in todays Fyrom (Vardar) were the illyrians and thracians.
I mostly believe you but explain Bylazora to me. It's only 40km from Skopje and 70km from Bitola (or Heraclea).
Quote from Wiki:
...Ancient Bylazora was the biggest and most significant city of Paionia, mentioned in the records of Polybius and Titus Livius. They emphasize its strategic geographic position as a frontier of the northern border of Macedonia against the Dardanians.
According to experts, there are two significant dates related to the relations between ancient Macedonia and Bylazora: The first is 217 B.C. when king Philip V of Macedonia reconstructed its fortifications; The second is 168 B.C. when king Perseus of Macedonia, during the Third Macedonian War, arranged military support from the Gauls who were camping nearby, in defending the city against the Romans.
Geographically you're not even 'Macedonian', because geographically it always existed in N. Greece up to Bitola!
Geographically, "ancient Greece" stretched much further north than Bitola, almost to Skopje.
the most north part of ancient Greece(Epiros and Macedonia) were in the Acroceraunian mountains in today Albania, and in Pelagonia, near Heraclea of the map, near today Monastiri.
The geographical limits of Macedonia can be seen and by the mountain ridge, above Heracle Sintica and Atalante.
In the middle ages you could read as Macedonia the area of Thrace, and the area including Macedonia(the original,Greek one) till Dyrrachion...
"Orbis terrarum Europa, Europae Graecia, Graeciae regina urbs Byzantii est" "Word's capital is Europe, Europe's is Greece, and Greece's Constantinoupolis" Guarino da Verona,15th c. ......................................... -Ouden glykion patridos-Homer