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Volume 23

War and Genocide

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The Making of the Greek Genocide

Contested Memories of the Ottoman Greek Catastrophe

Erik Sjöberg

266 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-325-5 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Published (November 2016)

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“Sjöberg maintains a sober balance between respect for the reality of historical trauma and critical interrogation of historians’ and activists’ methods. This is an excellent study that also offers insightful analysis into how new transnational memory cultures have emerged since the 1980s.” · Hans-Lukas Kieser, University of Zurich

During and after World War I, over one million Ottoman Greeks were expelled from Turkey, a watershed moment in Greek history that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. And while few dispute the expulsion’s tragic scope, it remains the subject of fierce controversy, as activists have fought for international recognition of an atrocity they consider comparable to the Armenian genocide. This book provides a much-needed analysis of the Greek genocide as cultural trauma. Neither taking the genocide narrative for granted nor dismissing it outright, Erik Sjöberg instead recounts how it emerged as a meaningful but contested collective memory with both nationalist and cosmopolitan dimensions.

Erik Sjöberg has held positions at Stanford University and Umeå University, where he earned his doctorate. He currently teaches history at Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall.

Subject: Genocide Studies 20th Century History
Area: Southern Europe

LC: DR435.G8 S58 2016

BISAC: POL061000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Genocide & War Crimes; HIS042000 HISTORY/Europe/Greece (see also Ancient/Greece); HIS016000 HISTORY/Historiography

BIC: HBTZ Genocide & ethnic cleansing; HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



Introduction: Cosmopolitan memory and the Greek genocide narrative

Chapter 1. Ottoman twilight: The background in Anatolia
Chapter 2. “Right to Memory”: From Catastrophe to the politics of identity
Chapter 3. Nationalizing genocide: The recognition process in Greece
Chapter 4. The pain of Others: Empathy and the problematic comparison
Chapter 5. Becoming cosmopolitan: The Americanized genocide
Chapter 6. “Three genocides, one recognition”: The “Christian Holocaust”



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