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The last Ottomans: the Muslim minority of western Thrace during the axis occupation and the Greek civil war 1941-49

Featherstone, Kevin, Papadimitriou, Dimitris, Mamarelis, Argyris and Niarchos, Greorgios (2011) The last Ottomans: the Muslim minority of western Thrace during the axis occupation and the Greek civil war 1941-49. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230232518

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Abstract

Why, when faced with a brutal occupation and then a bloody civil war, did the Muslims on Greece's border with Turkey remain passive? The Lausanne Treaty of 1923 had recognized them as a vulnerable minority and there were a number of international and local factors that might have led to ethnic conflict. This first in-depth historical study of the minority explores the puzzle of the absence of conflict, the complex patterns of identity of the minority, and the strategic relevance of this community to the international relations of a region long seen as a powder-keg. It is based on extensive Greek, Turkish and Bulgarian archive materials, many of which have not been analyzed before, as well as the official documents of the British and US governments and personal interviews with many of those who lived through these events. The Last Ottomans traces a fascinating, untold story and tells it through an inter-disciplinary lens, raising important questions of relevance not only to the 1940s but also to the inherited assumptions and images of today.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.palgrave.com/
Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DF Greece
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Research centres and groups > Hellenic Observatory
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 15:10
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33195/

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