1920.11_Arthur Bullard – ‘The Sore Spot of Europe’

In the central stretches of the Balkans, Macedonia, the people
spoke practically the same Slavic dialect, but did not line up
sharply with either of the rival nationalities.

 

A struggle to control Macedonia set in, which was one of the
saddest pages in church history. Serb, Greek, Bulgar, prelates,
school teachers, bandits, set out to make Macedonians join their
church.

 

There is no evidence of any large migrations of Greeks into
Macedonia or the more distant parts of the Balkans.

The modern Greeks are no more the pure strain of Pericles than
the Macedonians are ethnically clear descendants of Phillip of
Macedonia.

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Born in Missouri in 1879, Bullard graduated from the Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ and attended Hamilton College for two years. He subsequently worked as a probation officer in New York City, during which time he wrote several essays on criminology. His work as a foreign correspondent for various american and european journals, which began in 1904, was highlighted by editorships with THE OUTLOOK (1914) and OUR WORLD (1922-1924). Like his press writings (sometimes published under the pseudonym “Albert Edwards”) his later novels, travel books, and political volumes drew on his travels through Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, North Africa, and Central America. Bullard was also a statesman. He served on the Committee on Public Information’s divisions in Washington, Western Russia, and Siberia from 1917 to 1919, was chief of the Russian Division of the Department of State from 1919 to 1921, worked for John W. Davis during his presidential campaign in 1924, and was a representative of the League of Nations Non-Partisan Association in Geneva. He died in Geneva on September 10, 1929.