1st Edition

Greek Diaspora and Migration since 1700 Society, Politics and Culture

Edited By Dimitris Tziovas Copyright 2009

    The Greek diaspora is one of the paradigmatic historical diasporas. Though some trace its origins to ancient Greek colonies, it is really a more modern phenomenon. Diaspora, exile and immigration represent three successive phases in Modern Greek history and they are useful vantage points from which to analyse changes in Greek society, politics and culture over the last three centuries. Embracing a wide range of case studies, this volume charts the role of territorial displacements as social and cultural agents from the eighteenth century to the present day and examines their impact on communities, politics, institutional attitudes and culture. By studying migratory trends the aim is to map out the transformation of Greece from a largely homogenous society with a high proportion of emigrants to a more diverse society inundated by immigrants after the end of the Cold War. The originality of this book lies in the bringing together of diaspora, exile and immigration and its focus on developments both inside and outside Greece.

    Introduction, Dimitris Tziovas; Part I Society and Politics; The Emigré Experience: Case Studies; Chapter 1 Tales from the Dark Side: Transnational Migration, the Underworld and the ‘Other’ Greeks of the Diaspora, Thomas W. Gallant; Chapter 2 Silent Minority: The Greek Community of Eighteenth-Century London, Jonathan Harris; Chapter 3 Greek Merchants in Victorian England, Maria Christina Chatziioannou; Chapter 4 Repatriation, Migration or Readjustment: Egyptian Greek Dilemmas of the 1950s, Anthony Gorman; Chapter 5 Searching for a Motherland: Slav-Macedonian Political Refugees in the People’s Republic of Macedonia (1944–2003), Iakovos D. Michailidis; Chapter 6 No Place is (like) Home: Mobilities, Memories and Metamorphoses of Greek Migrants in Denmark, Anastasia Christou; National Centre and Transnational Periphery; Chapter 7 A Greece for Greeks by Descent? Nineteenth-Century Policy on Integrating the Greek Diaspora, Elpida Vogli; Chapter 8 Defining the Changing Boundaries of Greek Nationality, Dimitris Christopoulos; Chapter 9 ‘Deterritorialising’ the Nation: the Greek State and ‘Ecumenical Hellenism’, Lina Venturas; Chapter 10 The Limits of Political Transnationalism: The Greek-American Lobby 1970s–1990s * Research for this essay was contributed by my research assistant Demetra Fatseas (Bryn Mawr College Class of ’08) thanks to a Haverford College Faculty Research Grant., Alexander Kitroeff; Part II Literature and Culture; Chapter 11 Indigenous Foreigners: The Greek Diaspora and Travel Writing (1880–1930), Dimitris Tziovas; Chapter 12 Between Language, Land and Empire: Humanist and Orientalist Perspectives on Egyptian-Greek Identity, Alexander Kazamias; Chapter 13 The Poetics of Transit: Exile, Diaspora and Repatriation in Stratis Tsirkas’s Novels * I extend my warmest thanks to the Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University for the Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship, which enabled me to write this article., Eleni Papargyriou; Chapter 14 ‘Be it Ever so Humble’: Nostalgia for Home and the Problem of Return in Post-War Greek Novels, Gerasimus Katsan; Chapter 15 and., Venetia Apostolidou; Chapter 16 The Return of Nikitas Randos: Satire, Memory and Otherness in the Post-War Poetry of Nicolas Calas, Lena Hoff; Chapter 17 The Topos of Home in New Greek-American Writing * My thanks to Yiorgos Anagnostou, Eva Konstantellou and Anne Carson for reading this essay and offering helpful suggestions., Martha Klironomos; Chapter 18 Repatriation on Screen: National Culture and the Immigrant Other since the 1990s, Dimitris Papanikolaou; Chapter 19 The Diaspora Sings Back: Rebetika Down Under, Stathis Gauntlett;


    Dimitris Tziovas is Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham

    ’... this collection of essays constitutes a valuable contribution to the study of the overseas Greeks.’ Richard Clogg, Anglo-Hellenic Review 'This welcome and innovative volume brings together a set of international contributors from different disciplines, as well as from different institutional and national backgrounds...' European History Quarterly