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Spatial Conceptions of the Nation: Modernizing Geographies in Greece and Turkey

Spatial Conceptions of the Nation: Modernizing Geographies in Greece and Turkey

Edited by: Nikiforos Diamandouros, Thalia Dragonas, Caglar Keyder

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The formation of nation-states is as much the result of developments regarding land and people, as of military and political struggle. How nationalists imagined the borders of their desired territory, and how they defined the 'nation' have determined the nature of the struggle. "Spatial Conceptions of the Nation" looks at the various aspects and stages of this process in Greece and Turkey - two states where alternative principles establishing the basis for territory and population continue to compete. This book considers the intellectual and political conditions within which variously demarcated national spaces were imagined and considers the debates, social forces, and world-historical events that have affected national boundaries and conceptions of the 'nation'.

Author Info

Nikiforos Diamandouros is Professor of Political Science, University of Athens and European Ombudsman. Thalia Dragonas is Professor of Social Psychology, University of Athens. Caglar Keyder is Professor of Sociology, Bogazici University.


'One could hardly think of a better and more fruitful playground for social scientists and historians than the troubled and intertwined past of Greece and Turkey as territorial nation states... the complexity of the process through which these two nation states have been thought, imagined, invented, represented, and eventually implemented is such that it still legitimately attracts a wide range of scholarly interest and activity in the humanities and social sciences... [In this book] the theme selected is that of space and geography, clearly essential factors in the construction and definition of national projects...[and it] is an excellent sequel to the ongoing conversation between social scientists and historians working on Greece and Turkey. The novelty and thoroughness of the studies undertaken make this project a most remarkable and viable one in terms of its likely contribution to, and impact on, the relevant fields of scholarship.'
Edhem Eldem, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History, Bogazici University;'

...The principal common element in the [chapters], the emphasis in the mixture and interaction of history and geography, as applied to a region peculiarly rich in both, proves especially productive. And the totality of the essays included illuminate in interesting (and often original) manner the history and relations of the two peoples principally involved
the Greeks and the Turks
and the ways in which they have interacted and influenced one another over the past two centuries.'
A. A. Fatouros, Emeritus Professor of International Law, University of Athens

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Twentieth Century History

ISBN: 9781848851313
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2010
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: maps

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