State, Nationalism, and the Jewish Communities of Modern Greece

State, Nationalism, and the Jewish Communities of Modern Greece

by Evdoxios Doxiadis


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By looking at the very specific case of the Greek-speaking Romaniote and the Ladino-speaking Sephardic communities in Southern Greece, Epirus and Macedonia, this book explores the attitudes and policies of the Greek state with regards to the Jewish communities both within its borders and in the areas of the Ottoman Empire it craved. Evdoxios Doxiadis traces the evolution of these policies from the time of Greek independence to the expansion of the Greek state in the early-20th century, telling us a great deal about the Jewish experience and the changing face of modern Greek nationalism in the process.

Based on the evidence of numerous Greek consular reports, speeches, memoirs, political interviews and coverage of the status and treatment of the communities by the international Jewish press, State, Nationalism, and the Jewish Communities of Modern Greece sketches a detailed picture of the Greek political elite and the state's bureaucratic view of the various Jewish communities. By focusing on the state, though not ignoring popular attitudes, the book successfully argues that the Greek state followed policies that did not conform, and often were in opposition to, popular attitudes when it came to minorities and the Jews in particular.

By focusing on the Jewish communities in modern Greece separately the book allows us to recognize how Greek governments recognized and used divisions and conflicts between the communities, and other minorities, to achieve their goals. As a result Greek state policies can be seen in a new light, providing a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the Jewish people and the Greek state.

Using this case study, Doxiadis then discusses broader questions of state, nationalism and minorities in a volume of significant interest for students and scholars of modern Greek or modern Jewish history alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350143760
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/26/2019
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Evdoxios Doxiadis is Assistant Professor in History at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is the author of The Shackles of Modernity: Women, Property, and the Transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Modern Greek State 1750-1850 (2012).

Table of Contents

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1. Greeks and Jews from Antiquity to the Ottoman Empire
2. My Enemy's Friend is my Enemy: Jews and the Greek War of Independence (1789-1830)
3. What a Great Idea!: National Identity and the Early Greek Kingdom (1830-1862)
4. Competing Nationalisms: New Territories, Nationalist Aspirations, and Jews (1862-1923)
5. Disloyal Jews and Good Jews: Interwar Politics and the Jewish Communities of Greece (1923-1940)
6. The Holocaust and the Destruction of Greek Jewry

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