Jewish History

, Volume 28, Issue 3–4, pp 249–259 | Cite as


  • Anthony MolhoEmail author


This issue of Jewish History presents articles that are the result of a June 2012 meeting on the history of Salonica’s Jews organized by the Group for the Study of the History of the Jews of Greece (created in 2005). In its seminars and workshops, the group tried to distance discussions of the history of Salonica’s Jews from the often narrow national(ist) perspectives that Greek, Jewish, and Turkish historiographies traditionally applied to the study of Salonica and of its Jewish population. In the wake of the initiatives undertaken by a similar group founded in the early 1990s, and of the publication of Mark Mazower’s Salonica, City of Ghosts, the group sought to bring to the fore the history of Salonica’s Jews; compare it, when possible, to histories of the Jews of the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire, the Mediterranean, and other port cities; and consider it in contexts created by analytical terms such as “tradition,” “modernity,” “migration,” “diaspora,” “identity,” “hybridity,” and “dissent.” The aim was manifold: to acknowledge the role of Salonica’s large Jewish population in the city’s history; to insert the Jewish “element” in ongoing city affairs that also involved other groups; to transcend the identity politics with which Salonica’s historiography had been colored; to challenge monolithic views of Salonica’s Jewry; to insist on the variety and resulting tensions that characterized the city’s Jewish population; and to historicize staple interpretations of Salonica’s and Jewish Salonica’s history.


Salonica Jews Modern Greece Ottoman Empire Turkey Jewish historiography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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