Fearing Neo-Ottomanism: Counter-discourses and Reactions to the ‘New Ottoman Greece’

  • Trine Stauning Willert
Part of the Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe book series (MOMEIDSEE)


Chapter  3 presents two reactions to the new historiographic approaches to the Ottoman period outside academia. One regards counter-discourses to the historiographic opening towards and pluralization of the Greek Ottoman past. Such counter-discourses appear in the public sphere in particular through two patriotic forums that both express fear of neo-Ottomanism, a concept which they claim is promoted by (constructivist) Greek historians. To illustrate the cultural battles over the Ottoman past, the chapter also presents nationalistic reactions to the representation of Thessaloniki in Mark Mazower’s popular historical chronicle Salonica—City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims, Jews 1430–1950 (2004).


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  • Trine Stauning Willert
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  1. 1.Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek StudiesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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