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Children of the Greek Civil War: Refugees and the Politics of Memory Hardcover – November 28, 2011
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About the Author
Loring M. Danforth is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Anthropology at Bates College and the author of several books, including, most recently, The Macedonian Conflict: Ethnic Nationalism in a Transnational World. Riki Van Boeschoten is associate professor of social anthropology and oral history at the University of Thessaly, Greece, and the author of From Armatolik to People’s Rule: Investigation into the Collective Memory of Rural Greece (1750–1949).
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The authors of this book have as their unstated aim a reappraisal and rehabilitation of the controversial policy. The book reads as if the conclusions were reached before the first word was put on paper and the facts were arranged accordingly. The argument is built up through comparative argument to other historical events, selective history and a very selective (and very inadequate) survey of those who survived the relocation.
The comparative argument is made in terms of the Greek Government's relocation/refugee camps for children which existed during the civil war. This "device" allows the authors to draw a moral (and practical) equality between the two sides in the war while not having to deal with the actions of either side in isolation. But not stopping there, the analysis is done with a stacked deck to make the favored side seem "better" and the unfavored side seem "worse".
The survey methods and conclusions drawn are questionable. The sample sizes are small and there is no correction made for the obvious fact that those most receptive to the survey will be those who are well off and those who are political. There were probably better and more objective ways to understand the fate of the children than the methods used in the book. And what are we to conclude from those results? The results would seem to suggest that a policy of taking children away from poor, backward parents and giving them an expensive state education is a net positive for children.Read more ›