[MGSA-L] Fwd: Books on Greek themes

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From: "Central European University Press" <ceupress at press.ceu.edu>
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Subject: Books on Greek themes

September 6, 2015

"Greek and Ottoman often coexisted as identity markers and many Greek Orthodox merged enthusiasm for the Greek national state with active participation in Ottoman institutions and public life".

The nation-building processes within the Ottoman Empire are examined in parallel with related trajectories in other empires in Europe. 

"Over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania and Bulgaria all made use of the weakness of the Ottoman Empire and followed the Greek example".

Next to the demise of historical superpowers the imperial past of the city of Venice is also addressed.

"Venetians were disdainful of their sujets levantins (all the Greeks were deemed false and corrupt, all the Illyrians barbarian)". More 

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.

"I still remember the terrible scandal at our university which the exposition of the Darwinian theory generated. The professor of medicine, who was at risk by introducing the law of evolution to the Greek students, was not only in danger of being excommunicated by the Holy Synod, but to his surprise he found the doors of most of his customers closed to him". 

A thorough and in-depth analysis of how mainstream Western scientific ideas found their way into the planning of the modern Greek society through the intermediation of literature. This book strongly contributes to various academic fields, expanding from literary studies and history of science to social history and cultural studies. 

In the late 19th to early 20th centuries Darwinism strongly influenced celebrated Greek literary writers and other influential intellectuals, which fueled debate in various areas such as 'man's place in nature', eugenics, the nature-nurture controversy, religion, as well as class, race and gender. The monograph devotes considerable space to Xenopoulos (1867-1951), notable novelist, journalist and playwright. More

Along with other metropolis in Europe, the birth of modern Athens is explored. The first modern Olympic Games was a milestone on the path of "becoming European". "For a brief two weeks, it appeared that the most important aspirations of the modern Greek nation-to join the ranks of the civilized nations of Europe, to be accepted as the legitimate heir to ancient Greece, and to forge its own distinct cultural identity-were finally realized."

All that changed after 1922. As a result of the military defeat in Asia Minor and the dramatic population influx, the earlier preoccupation with planning was replaced by the acute demand for housing. "Ruthless planning violations and extensive illegal construction were tolerated by the government, which remained weak and divided." Foreign experts' fascination with Greek vernacular architecture -Le Corbusier's notably-encouraged Greek architects to seek inspiration closer to home, which helped the consolidation.

The last volume of the grand CEU Press undertaking entitled Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe 1770-1945 presents forty-six texts under the heading of "anti-modernism". The series is a challenging collection of essential primary sources, accompanied by introductory essays and contextual analyses in the best senses of the term: their high level of scholarship demands the intelligent engagement of the reader throughout.

Further to the 23 specimens from Greek authors in the previous four books this concluding volume presents and analyzes Hellenic Civilization by Ion Dragoumis from 1914, and a speech by Ioannis Metaxas on the occasion of the inauguration of public works in 1937. 

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; 
- Three volumes on travel writing from and to eastern Europe, filled with extracts from Greek travelers (see some citations below); 
- A biographical reference book contains entries on the following Greek personalities: Callirhoe Parren (1859-1940), Maria Svolou (1892?-1976), and Avra Theodoropoulou (1880-1963);
- The eccentric Transylvanian baron and natural scientist intensely followed the power games during the demise of the Ottoman Empire;
- A book of comparative intellectual history discusses how socialist ideology emerged as an option of political modernity in three countries: 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 Caucasus before the war and also as late as 1949 - documented at detail in a related monograph; 
- The reporter of the New York Times remembers meeting with Glezos, Vafiadis, Papandreu;
- 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: 
Nationalizing Empires, Berger / Miller, 670 pages, 2015, 978-963-386-016-8 cloth
Darwin's Footprint - Cultural perspectives on evolution in Greece (1880-1930s), Zarimis, M., 340 pages, 2015, 978-963-386-077-9 cloth, 978-963-386-100-4 paperback

Races to Modernity - Metropolitan aspirations in Eastern Europe 1890-1940, Behrends / Kohlrausch, 380 pages, 2014, 978-963-386-035-9 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

Vol. IV. Anti-Modernism - Radical revisions of collective identity, Mishkova / Turda / Trencsényi, 452 pages, 2014, 978-963-7326-62-2 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

A Biographical Dictionary of Women's Movements and Feminisms - Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe, 19th and 20th centuries, De Haan / Daskalova / Loutfi, 700 pages, 2006, 978-963-7326-39-4 cloth

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 

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

Fare Well, Illyria, Binder, D., 200 pages, 2013, 978-963-386-009-0 paperback 

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 from Masterpieces 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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