Tuesday, December 1, 2009

In the long shadow of Europe: Greeks and Turks in the era of Postnationalism

In the long shadow of Europe: Greeks and Turks in the era of Postnationalism
Edited by Othon Anastasakis, Kalypso Aude Nicolaidis, Kerem Oktem, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

Can the European Union transform Greek-Turkish relations? The contributors to In the Long shadow of Europe examine the ambiguities of Europe’s historical role in its Southeastern corner to shed light on the possible paths lying ahead. From their various an-gles, they highlight the paradoxes of a relationship between intimate adversaries, marred by tormented histories, nationalist narratives and bilateral disputes but strengthened by historical familiarity, geographic vicinity, and the imperative for cooperation. And beyond this face à face, the authors show how, as Greece and Turkey developed into independent nation-states in the shadow of Europe, their intertwined trajectories also contributed to defining this same Europe “at the edges.” Beyond the Greek - Turkish relationship, this book illustrates the considerable challenges the European Union faces as a mediating power both within and outside its borders.

The long shadow of Europe
Othon Anastasakis, Kalypso Nicolaidis, Kerem Öktem

I. Tormented histories, interwoven identities: National narratives of Self and Others
1. Tormented by history: Greece, Turkey and the territorial imagination
Spyros Sofos and Umut Özkırımlı
2. The Lure of Europe: Reconciling the European Other and Turkish/Greek selves
Nora Onar
3. History’s long shadow: The Lausanne treaty and contemporary Greco-Turkish relations
Renee Hirschon
4. Perceptions of conflict: Greeks and Turks in each others’ mirrors
Hercules Millas
5. Genos versus Devlet: Conceptions of citizenship in Greece and Turkey
Ayşe Kadıoğlu

II. Conflicts and openings: Greece, Turkey and the European Union
6. Fault Lines or Integration: The EU impact on Greek-Turkish relations
Gülnur Aybe
7. Reciprocity as race to the bottom in religious freedom
Ioannis Grigoriadis
8. Towards minority policies beyond reciprocity? The EU, Greece and Turkey
Samim Akgönül
9. The Deceiving Shadow of the EU? Cypriot perceptions of the ‘The European Solution’
James Ker-Lindsay
10. Europeanization and Nationalism in the Turkish – Greek – Aegean disputes
Harry Tzimitras
11. EU, Turkey and Greece: The paradoxes of convergence
Nikos Kotzias

III. Beyond high politics: Promise and limits of rapprochement
Economic cooperation: Guarantor of détente or hostage to politics?
Constantinos Papadopoulos
Rapprochement at the grassroots: How far can civil society engagement go?
Rana Birden and Bahar Rumelili
Transforming Divides: Commerce, culture and sympathy crossing the Greek Turkish border
Eleni Myrivili

1 comment:

  1. The world isn't "post nationalism". Some sort of territorialism (essentially nationalism) is a common part of human behavior.

    David Hume one wrote about the different between the ought and the is. You live in the world of the "ought to be" not the "is". You mistake your personal philosophical outlook (post modernist gibbierh that deconstructs everything until nothing is left - including your very identity as a Greek)... with the way the world actually operates. Something amounting to nationalism has been around since the formation of the first human communities... and will be around long long after you are gone.

    50 years post left-right civil war It's sad that leftist extremism has creeped back into Greeek politics (under the guise of liberalism this time). The right isn't perfect either but one thing the right understands is for a nation to exist - it citizens must support its own existence first.

    "Greeks" like you could just as easily call yourselves Turks and would not resist a neo-Ottoman empire. Your ideology drives you to make flawed propositions that the differences between people are minor (Turkey has half the GDP/capita of next door Greece and far more oppressive towards rights). Those flawed proposition end up leading to flawed theories. (e.g. your theory that calling FYROM "Macedonia" was harmless... wasn't so harmless)