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A window into the past: Turks and Greeks at the end of the Ottoman Empire

Wednesday 16 March 2016
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Slightly more than a hundred years ago some parts of the Middle East were much more diverse then they are today. Peoples from different ethnicities, religions and linguistic groups lived together in the rather cosmopolitan port towns and port cities of the Eastern Mediterranean. The Western Anatolian seaboard, or the Aegean shores of today’s Turkey was among such cosmopolitan regions.

Most of those once diverse towns and cities of the region are gone today. What was life like before the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in a major Aegean port town? How did Greeks (then Ottoman Orthodox Christians or Rum) and Turks (then Muslims) live at the time? How did a predominantly Turkish modern nation state like the Republic of Turkey emerged out of that past?

Presented in collaboration with the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, this lecture discusses these questions based on a recent book by Dr. Emre Erol that opens a window into the Western Anatolian seaboard of the Ottoman Empire at the turn of the century. It will discuss global issues of the time such as the incorporation with the world markets, influence of nationalisms, wars and migration in relation to the regional history of the Aegean. It will also draw parallels to the current processes of transformation in the Middle East and discuss the relevance of history in understanding them. The lecture is open to public participation and it will be followed by a Q&A session.


Please send an e-mail to info@ihjr.org to register for this event.

Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation

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