[MGSA-L] Fw: books on Greek themes from CEU Press in Hungary

Roland Moore rolandmo at pacbell.net
Thu Mar 27 08:30:22 PDT 2014

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“By the time I met him, Glezos had been behind bars several years—and tortured for seven years—by German and Italians Fascists and five by Greek Fascists. In freedom, he was a jolly host, sporting a trademark handlebar mustache. No, he said to a question, he did not think the country was ruled by Fascists in 1963, but, ‘We feel that fascism is knocking at the door in Greece.’ He was proven right eight years later when right-wing military officers seized power.” 
The memoir of thereporter of the New York Times recalls meeting the young Andreas Papandreu: “They tried to kill me off and instead they created me,” and “General Markos” Vafiadis, among others. The newsman’s record over several decades ends with the grisly note: “Amid violent street protests in which dozens of buildings were burned, Parliament adopted very harsh new austerity measures.”
CEU Press team thinks you might be interested in these publications. Don’t hesitate to return a ‘No more messages, please,’ if you wish.See bibliographic data of these titles below.
“As a long-term friend of the Greeks and as their paid agent, Ismail Kemal also promised to facilitate their occupation of Janina if he could remain head of Albania.” 
Biased contemporary remarks in the memoirs of the eccentric Transylvanian Baron prove that besides collecting material for his scholarly work in Paleontology, Geology and Albanian Ethnography, he intensely followed the power games during the demise of the Ottoman Empire.
“Essad Pasha eventually won the sultan’s favor by blending in with the Albanian patriots who were endeavoring to bring about a rapprochement with Greece and then betraying them to the sultan.”
Specimens from texts, relics in majority, that paved the road to national identities in eastern and south-eastern Europe, are presented in English in four seminal volumes. The Greek component of this impressive project is particularly rich, featuring texts from the following personalities: Moisiodax 1780, Katartzis 1783, Philippidis 1791, Velestinlis 1797, Patriarch Anthimos 1798, Korais 1803, Ypsilantis 1822, Solomos 1825, Vyzantios 1836, Renieris 1842, Kolettis 1844, Politis 1871, Paparrigopoulos 1886, Psicharis 1888, Papadiamantis 1893, Parren 1897, Skliros 1907, Boussios 1912, Venizelos 1915, Papanastasiou 1922, Theotokas 1929, Benaroya 1931, Seferis 1943.
Another ambitious endeavor resulted in three volumes on travel writingfrom and to eastern Europe. It is filled with extracts from Greek travelers: Noukios 1546, Cazzaiti 1742, Pringos 1760, Petrou 1770, Korais 1788, Vratsanos 1861, Vikelas 1885, Kazantzakis 1937, Ouranis 1939, Kranaki 1950, Psathas 1951, and Nollas 1998. Also a Romanian boyar’s record of Greek islands (Hurmuzaki 1764), a study on a Polish epic poem about a journey to Greece (Słowacki 1837), and a Romanian writer on Greek women (d’Istria 1863). See some citations below. 
Further titles with relevance to Greek history and culture from CEU Press catalogues: 
	* Greek folk charms, with Slavic and Romanian counterparts, can be traced back to antique prototypes, as the survey of popular healing texts and other forms of verbal magic from the Atlantic to the Ural has proven;
	* A biographical reference bookcontains entries on the following Greek personalities: Callirhoe Parren (1859–1940), Maria Svolou (1892?–1976), and Avra Theodoropoulou (1880–1963);
	* A book of comparative intellectual historydiscusses how socialist ideology emerged as an option of political modernity in three countires: Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia;
	* The analysis of Serbian identity by a Greek scholar abounds in references to Greece, and to Greek Orthodoxy in particular; 
	* Most tragically, Greeks also belonged to peoples forcefully resettled at Stalin’s order. Tens of thousands were expelled from the Crimea, the Black Sea coastline and the Caucasusbefore the war and also as late as 1949 – documented at detail in a related monograph; 
	* The collection (and analysis) of documents on the demise of the Soviet Blok tangentially refers to Greece, too (see excerpt below); 
	* The fact finding project on school segregation of Roma pupils explored the manifestations of this form of violation of human rights also in Greece;
	* Finally Thessaloniki: It is one of the scenes of the life story of an extraordinary woman in the 16th century; and also where a Polish doctor made groundbreaking discoveries in the science of blood groups while trapped in the city during World War I.   
List of titles mentioned above: 
Fare Well, Illyria, Binder, D., 200 pages, 2013, 978-963-386-009-0 paperback  
Traveler, Scholar, Political Adventurer – A Transylvanian Baron at the birth of Albanian independence, The memoirs of Franz Nopcsa, R. Elsie, 240 pages, 2014, 978-615-5225-80-2 cloth 
Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe 1770-1945
Vol. I. Late Enlightenment – Emergence of the modern ‘national idea’, Trencsényi / Kopeček, 362 pages, 2006, 978-963-7326-52-3 cloth
Vol. II. National Romanticism – Formation of national movements, Trencsényi / Kopeček, 508 pages, 2007, 978-963-7326-60-8 cloth
Vol. III/1. Modernism– The creation of nation-states, Ersoy / Górny / Kechriotis, 496 pages, 2010, 978-963-7326-61-5 cloth
Vol. III/2. Modernism – Representations of national culture, Ersoy / Górny / Kechriotis, 398 pages, 2010, 978-963-7326-64-6 cloth
The Power of Words - Studies on charms and charmings in Europe, Kapaló / Pócs /Ryan, 334 pages, 2013, 978-615-5225-10-9 cloth
Orientations – An anthology of East European travel writing, ca. 1550-2000, East Looks West – Volume 1, Bracewell, W., 424 pages, 2009, 978-963-9776-10-4 cloth
Entangled Paths Towards Modernity – Contextualizing socialism and nationalism in the Balkans, Dimou, A., 450 pages, 2009, 978-963-9776-38-8 cloth
Serbian Orthodox Fundamentals – The quest for an eternal identity, Mylonas, C., 306 pages, 2003, 978-963-9241-61-9 cloth
Against Their Will – The history and geography of forced migrations in the USSR, Polian, P., 442 pages, 2004, 978-963-9241-68-8 cloth
Masterpieces of History – The peaceful end of the cold war in Europe, 1989 – National Security Archive Cold War Reader, Savranskaya / Blanton / Zubok, 782 pages, 2010, 978-963-9776-77-7 cloth ; 978-615-5053-40-5 paperback
Ten Years After - A history of Roma school segregation in Central and Eastern Europe, Rostas, J., 392 pages, 2012, 978-615-5053-13-9, cloth
Long Journey of Gracia Mendes, The, Birnbaum, M., 156 pages, 2003, 978-963-9241-67-1 cloth; 978-963-9241-78-7 paperback
In Search of “Aryan Blood” - Serology in interwar and National Socialist Germany, Boaz, R. E., 256 pages, 2012, 978-963-9776-50-0 cloth
Excerpts from Orientations, An Anthology of East European Travel Writing, ca. 1550–2000, East Looks West, Vol. 1: 
Andronikos Noukios (Nicander Nucius) in 1546 on the English language: “And they possess a peculiar language, differing in some measure from all others, having received contributions from almost all the rest, both in words and in syllables. For although they speak somewhat barbarously, yet their language has a certain charm and allurement”.
Adamantios Korais in 1788 on Paris, a year before the French revolution: “Imagine a city much larger than Constantinople, with 800,000 inhabitants, all sorts of different academies and public libraries, where science and art have been developed to perfection, a multitude of learned men all over the city, in the boulevards, market places and cafes, where you can find all the political and literary news, and journals in German, English, and French and, in short, in all other languages. Imagine most of the streets and squares of the city as crowded as the Tristraton in Smyrna on a Sunday morning. Such, my friend, is Paris ”.
Dimitrios Vikelas in 1885 on the future: “Within ten or fifteen years, travelling in Greece will no longer be regarded as an achievement. Anyone will be able to do it. Do not wait until then. Come before our classical land is vulgarized by convoys of cockneys brought here by Cook’s, before grand hotels manned with English-speaking servants in white ties are built in Delphi and on Taygetos. Come to experience the present hardships of our imperfect roads and the uncertainty of finding a comfortable place to sleep for the night. Come to visit the little towns in our provinces before they become an Athens in miniature, before your ugly trousers replace the elegant fustanella”.
Excerpt fromMasterpieces of History:
Document No. 14: Report on Eduard Shevardnadze’s Visits to Bulgaria , Hungary , and Yugoslavia , July 1987.
“ Bulgaria . Outwardly everything looks good. But there is an element of indecision and uncertainty. Zhivkov spoke about the ‘Bulgarian phenomenon.’ He had a mentor’s tone, he was teaching us. He began almost every phrase with the words ‘take into consideration …’ He visited the FRG and he ‘teaches:’ all socialist countries must work out a general conception in relation to the FRG. Bulgarian nationalism is clearly evident, not only in relation to Turks, but also in relation to Russians.
He raises the question of the Balkans as a nuclear-free zone. The Yugoslavs are for it. It is aimed at Greece ’s position, which has American bases. We need to speed up the resolution of this issue.”
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