Greece and the Balkans: Identities, Perceptions and Cultural Encounters Since the Enlightenment

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Dēmētrēs Tziovas, Dimitris Tziovas
Ashgate, 2003 - History - 280 pages
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Greece and the Balkans explores the cultural relationships between Greece and other Balkan countries in the domains of language, literature, thought, translation, and music, and examines issues of identity and perception among the Balkan peoples themselves. The essays bring together scholars from across a range of disciplines: historians, anthropologists, linguists and musicologists with specialists on literature, translation, the history of ideas and religion. By raising issues of cultural hybridity, and nationalist or pre-nationalist interpretations of culture and history it lays claim to a place in the context of studies on nationalism and post-colonialism. Greece and the Balkans also contributes to a recognition of the Balkans as a site, like some postcolonial ones, where identities have become fused, orientalism and eurocentrism blurred and where religion and modernity clashed and co-existed. By approaching cultural encounters between Greece and the Balkans from a fresh and informed perspective, it makes a substantial contribution to the study of a rather neglected aspect in the history of a region which has suffered in the past from narrow-minded, nationalistic arguments.

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Gerasimos Augustinos is Professor of History at the University of South Carolina Olga Augustinos has taught French, Modern Greek and Russian at the University of South Carolina Raymond Detrez is Professor of Eastern European and Modern Greek History at the University of Ghent Georgla Farinou-Malamatari is Associate Professor of Modern Greek Literature at the University of Thessaloniki K.E. Fleming is Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University Eyal Ginio is Lecturer in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Brian D. Joseph is Professor of Linguistics and Kenneth E. Naylor Professor of South Slavic Linguistics at The Ohio State University Yannis Karavidas is Senior Producer in the Greek Section of the BBC World Service Paschalis M. Kitromilides is Professor of Political Sciences at Athens University and Director of the Institute for Neohellenic Research in Athens Vassilis Lambropoulos is C.P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Michigan Dimitris Livanios is Research Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London Marla Lopez Villalba teaches Modern Greek and Translation Studies at the University of Malag Constantinos Mantzos is a PhD student at University College London Vassilis Nitsiakos is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Ioannina John G. Plemmenos is Lecturer in Historical Ethnomusicology at the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece Ellie Scopetea was Professor of History at the University of Thessalonik Johann Strauss is Associate Professor at the Department of Turkish Studies of the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg Dimitris Tziovas is Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham

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