By Kevin Featherstone;Dimitris Papadimitriou;Argyris Mamarelis
This publication presents a brand new learn of the foreign and native politics surrounding the Muslim minority of Western Thrace (Greece) within the Nineteen Forties, in response to formerly unseen archival fabric. It addresses the minority’s complicated id, its kinfolk with different groups within the zone, the foreign international relations of WWII and strategic concerns of the chilly conflict.
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Alongside these, the local Turkish-language newspaper, Trakya (Thrace), was extensively used. A particular insight into the attitudes and activities of local Muslims loyal to the Greek Communist forces during the civil war was provided by the newspaper Savaş (War – Struggle) which is frequently quoted in Chapters 7 and 8. Beyond the regional and local perspectives, the case study frequently draws on the reports housed in the archives of the British and US governments, as two international powers with a crucial role in the fate of the area.
The villages around the tobacco-rich area of Xanthi were particularly hard hit. A report produced by International Commission for the Inquiry into the Causes and Conduct of the Balkan War (funded by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) provided details on the forced conversion of the Pomaks: The Moslems were ranged in groups. Each group was given some baptismal name, generally a name honored in the Bulgarian church or in Bulgarian history. An exarchist pope then passed from group to group and took aside each of his catechumens sui generis; and while sprinkling his forehead with holy water with one hand, with the other he compelled him to bite a sausage.
Again, evidence from such sources has been cross-checked with that obtained from archive material written in the relevant period. The study that follows has thus confronted many conventional research challenges, as well as some particular to the case and the problems of access and sensitivity. Inevitably, the documentary material will be incomplete. Interviewees may offer a partial account. History is written in the present, shaped by the personalities of the authors and of contemporary conditions.
The Last Ottomans: The Muslim Minority of Greece 1940-1949 by Kevin Featherstone;Dimitris Papadimitriou;Argyris Mamarelis