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Fields of Wheat, Hills of Blood: Passages to Nationhood in Greek Macedonia, 1870-1990

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Deftly combining archival sources with evocative life histories, Anastasia Karakasidou brings welcome clarity to the contentious debate over ethnic identities and nationalist ideologies in Greek Macedonia. Her vivid and detailed account demonstrates that contrary to official rhetoric, the current people of Greek Macedonia ultimately derive from profoundly diverse ethnic an ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1997)
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Nicholas Whyte

This is a gripping and moving account of the construction of Greek nationhood in a municipality near Thessaloniki. Using both oral and official history, Karakasidou reveals how the inhabitants of the town once called Guvezna and now known as Assiros were altered from an Ottoman cocktail of Turks, Slavs and Greeks to the mono-ethnic culture present there today. The space left by departing Turks and Slavs after the town came under Gr
Second rate piece of post-modernist writing. Missing all sorts of critical facts. For instance, where is the mention that most of the people that call themselves "ethnic Macedonains" today (from the former Yugoslav republic)-had ancestors that self-identified as ethnic Bulgarians? Where is the mention the US used to deny the identity of "ethnic Macedonians"? (the US and British government claimed it communist propaganda and a threat to Greece when Tito renamed Vardar Macedonia in 1944) Where is ...more
Marie Østvold
I read this a long time ago, during my anthropology studient years. I remember that I thought it was interesting- but that was about it.
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