The Greeks of Odessa: Diaspora Leadership in Late Imperial Russia

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This book examines the activities of the Greeks of South Russia during the Imperial era by focusing on the Greek Benevolent Association of Odessa (GBAO). Odessa had the largest concentration of urban Greeks in the Russian empire, and the Greeks enjoyed economic and social prestige. While the stated goals of the GBAO were charitable, many of the organization's activities were nevertheless political. Because of the wealth and power of the GBAO, and its failure to openly antagonize the tsarist regime, the GBAO was ...

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Overview

This book examines the activities of the Greeks of South Russia during the Imperial era by focusing on the Greek Benevolent Association of Odessa (GBAO). Odessa had the largest concentration of urban Greeks in the Russian empire, and the Greeks enjoyed economic and social prestige. While the stated goals of the GBAO were charitable, many of the organization's activities were nevertheless political. Because of the wealth and power of the GBAO, and its failure to openly antagonize the tsarist regime, the GBAO was able to avoid the most onerous provisions of the russification laws being pursuing by the government during the Imperial era.

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Editorial Reviews

The Russian Review
This is an important book, providing a fresh and analytical look at Greek diaspora leadership.

— Nikolaos Chrissidis

The Russian Review - Nikolaos Chrissidis

This is an important book, providing a fresh and analytical look at Greek diaspora leadership.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880335454
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: East European Monographs
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

John Athanasios Mazis is Assistant Professor of History at Hamline University.

East European Monographs

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Table of Contents

I The historical background 1
II Odessa : profile of a city 17
III The Greeks of Odessa 31
IV The Greek benevolent association of Odessa 49
V Benevolence in action : creating and operating institutions 75
VI Benevolence in action : individuals and "national" causes 93
VII End of an era 115
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