[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Lecture: March 1, 2011

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Wed Feb 23 08:07:14 PST 2011


Program in Hellenic Studies


Greek and Turkish Historiographies
of National Continuity:
Comparing K. Paparrigopoulos and M. Fuad Köprülü

Dimitris Stamatopoulos
University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Greek and Turkish historiographies have developed in a similar albeit not parallel manner, but with a phase difference for over a century. Unlike other Balkan historiographies that idealized the mediaeval past, the Greek and the Turkish national movements, respectively the first and last to lead to nation-states in the region, were both based on a fundamental rejection of Byzantine and Ottoman middle ages. However, the needs of national integration, temporal and spatial, imposed the reintroduction of this lost link in order to build the grand narrative of national continuity. Konstantinos Paparrigopoulos and Mehmed Fuad Köprülü represent this critical juncture in the development of Greek and Turkish historiographies: the moment of the appropriation of the “dark centuries" by the sovereign national discourse that had been rejected in the earlier works of the radical nationalists. Differences between the two projects can be attributed to the time lag that separates them. This talk will stress their impressive similarities, owing to a common cultural perception of the concept of the nation in the works of these two «romantic» historians, as well as a shared theoretical precondition, the methodological dismantling of those elements which the primordial approach to the nation considers as integral parts of national identity, in particular race and language.
Dimitris Stamatopoulos is assistant professor of Balkan and Late Ottoman History in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki) and currently member of the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He holds a Ph.D. in Late Ottoman History from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. A former fellow of the Princeton University Program in Hellenic Studies, he has published extensively on the history of the Orthodox Christian populations in the Ottoman Empire. He is the author of Μεταρρύθμιση και εκκοσμίκευση: προς μια ανασύνθεση της ιστορίας του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου τον 19ο αιώνα (“Reform and Secularization: Towards a Reconstruction of the History of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 19th century,” Athens: 2003) and Το Βυζάντιο μετά το Έθνος: το πρόβλημα της συνέχειας στις Βαλκανικές ιστοριογραφίες (“Byzantium after the Nation: The Problem of Continuity in Balkan Historiographies”, Athens: 2009), and is co-editor (with Fotini Tsibiridou) of Οριενταλισμός στα όρια: από τα Οθωμανικά Βαλκάνια στη σύγχρονη Μέση Ανατολή (Orientalism at the Edge: From the Ottoman Balkans to the Contemporary Middle East, Athens: 2008). His next project deals with the use of Konstantinos Armenopoulos’s Hexabiblos in the ecclesiastical courts, to mark the secularization process in the Ottoman and post-Ottoman Balkans.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
6:00 p.m.
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

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