Chapter

Introduction

Nicholas Doumanis

in Before the Nation

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199547043
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746215 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547043.003.0001
Introduction

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The chapter introduces the concept of intercommunality, which refers to cultures of coexistence developed between religious or ethnic communities at the local level. These informal relationships were maintained throughout the Ottoman Empire for the purposes of social order and promoting moral environments based on common ethical values. Intercommunality is noted as a normative feature of world history and an important stabilizing feature of multiethnic societies, and yet it has been overlooked because of the difficulties of locating these informal arrangements in historical records. Another problem is the historical profession's preoccupation with conflict when dealing with inter-ethnic relations. The chapter also considers the problems of nostalgic memories, and argues against the mainstream view that nostalgia is purely instrumental and worthless as an historical source.

Keywords: intercommunality; Muslim-Christian relations; social memory; everyday life; nationalism; historiography

Chapter.  5619 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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