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Epilogue

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/9780199547043.003.0007
Epilogue

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Greek and Turkish nationalism have used the history of the war years to perpetuate a culture of antagonism between the two peoples. After the indescribable miseries of those years and the population exchange, and despite persistent political tensions between Greece and Turkey since 1922, ordinary Greeks and Turks nevertheless have shown an interest in reconnecting with their lost homelands and with each other. The epilogue discusses return visits and analyses the kind of positive receptions that have greeted those who have returned. These visits are seen as deeply subversive, in that they signify the moral authority of community and allude to the iniquities and violence of nationalism.

Keywords: nostalgia; intercommunality; memory; nationalism; hospitality

Chapter.  1702 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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