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Why, when faced with a brutal occupation and then a bloody civil war, did the Muslims on Greece's border with Turkey remain passive? The Lausanne Treaty of 1923 had recognized them as a vulnerable minority and there were a number of international and local factors that might have led to ethnic conflict. This first in-depth historical study of the minority explores the puzzle of the absence of conflict, the complex patterns of identity of the minority, and the strategic relevance of this community to the international relations of a region long seen as a powder-keg. It is based on extensive Greek, Turkish and Bulgarian archive materials, many of which have not been analyzed before, as well as the official documents of the British and US governments and personal interviews with many of those who lived through these events. The Last Ottomans traces a fascinating, untold story and tells it through an inter-disciplinary lens, raising important questions of relevance not only to the 1940s but also to the inherited assumptions and images of today.


Description


Why, when faced with a brutal occupation and then a bloody civil war, did the Muslims on Greece's border with Turkey remain passive? The Lausanne Treaty of 1923 had recognized them as a vulnerable minority and there were a number of international and local factors that might have led to ethnic conflict. This first in-depth historical study of the minority explores the puzzle of the absence of conflict, the complex patterns of identity of the minority, and the strategic relevance of this community to the international relations of a region long seen as a powder-keg. It is based on extensive Greek, Turkish and Bulgarian archive materials, many of which have not been analyzed before, as well as the official documents of the British and US governments and personal interviews with many of those who lived through these events. The Last Ottomans traces a fascinating, untold story and tells it through an inter-disciplinary lens, raising important questions of relevance not only to the 1940s but also to the inherited assumptions and images of today.


Reviews

'...this scholarly study is a detailed but clear opening for anyone interested in Greek, Turkish and Balkan issues.' - Time Out: Istanbul
 
'...The Last Ottomans offers important insights into a little-known period of a group, which has largely escaped the attention of historians until now. As a result of painstaking research, it succeeds to present the Muslim minority against the backdrop of this dramatic period in Greek history.' - Sotirios Dimitriadis, SOAS, UCL Discovery


Contents


Introduction
The Study of the Muslim Community of Western Thrace in Context
On the Path to War
Belomorie
Strategies for Survival
In Between Two Wars
Çekiç Ile Örs Arasinda (Between a Rock and a Hard Place)
Parallel Universes
Conclusion






Authors


KEVIN FEATHERSTONE is the Eleftherios Venizelos Chair of Contemporary Greek Studies and the Director of the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has published widely on European and Greek politics. Two of his recent books are Politics and Policy in Greece (editor; 2005) and The Limits of Europeanization (with D. Papadimitriou, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

DIMITRIS PAPADIMITRIOU is a Reader in European Politics at the University of Manchester, UK. His research interests focus on Greek politics, the Balkans and the European Union's external relations. His most recent books include The Limits of Europeanisation (with K. Featherstone, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and From Marginalisation to Membership (with D. Phinnemore; 2008)

ARGYRIS MAMARELIS was a Research Associate of the Hellenic Observatory of the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK during 2006-8.His research interests include Modern Greek History, World War II History, Balkan History and Politics. He has made several contributions to academic journals, edited books and international conferences on Greek history in the 1940s.

GEORGIOS NIARCHOS was a Research Associate of the Hellenic Observatory of the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK during 2006-8. His research interests include Greek-Turkish Relations, Balkan History and Minorities. He has made several contributions to academic journals, edited books and international conferences on minorities in Greece and Turkey.