Fields of Wheat, Hills of Blood: Passages to Nationhood in Greek Macedonia, 1870-1990
University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2009 - 358 pages
Deftly combining archival sources with evocative life histories, Anastasia Karakasidou brings welcome clarity to the contentious debate over ethnic identities and nationalist ideologies in Greek Macedonia. Her vivid and detailed account demonstrates that contrary to official rhetoric, the current people of Greek Macedonia ultimately derive from profoundly diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Throughout the last century, a succession of regional and world conflicts, economic migrations, and shifting state formations has engendered an intricate pattern of population movements and refugee resettlements across the region. Unraveling the complex social, political, and economic processes through which these disparate peoples have become culturally amalgamated within an overarchingly Greek national identity, this book provides an important corrective to the Macedonian picture and an insightful analysis of the often volatile conjunction of ethnicities and nationalisms in the twentieth century.
"Combining the thoughtful use of theory with a vivid historical ethnography, this is an important, courageous, and pioneering work which opens up the whole issue of nation-building in northern Greece."—Mark Mazower, University of Sussex
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A book so controversial that Cambridge University Press caved in to threats and declined to publish it. Why is it controversial? Because Karakasidou, a Greek, dared to say that Macedonia is not Greek ... Read full review
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One rarely encounters a scholarly book as disturbing as this provocative work, a study of ethnicity in the Greek province of Macedonia. It is so controversial that Cambridge University Press, fearing ... Read full review
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CONVERGING FRONTIERS OF GREEK AND BULGARIAN NATIONALISM Religious Propaganda Educational Competition and National Enlight...
THE MACEDONIAN STRUGGLE IN GUVEZNA Violence Terror and the Scepter of National Liberation 19031908
CLASS REFORMATION AND NATIONAL HOMOGENIZATION PROCESSES OF CONSOLIDATION AND CHANGE FOLLOWING THE ADVE...
CROSSING THE MOVING FRONTIER Group Formation and Social Closure in the Era of Refugee Settlement 19221940
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