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Children of the Greek Civil War: Refugees and the Politics of Memory Hardcover – November 28, 2011

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“In this excellent book, Loring Danforth and Riki van Boeschoten steer a careful course between claim and counter-claim. . . .  The life stories revealed in their interviews with the evacuees make for fascinating, if at times harrowing, reading. The book is an important contribution to the study of a still contested aspect of the civil war in Greece and to one of the least-known dimensions of the Greek diaspora.”
(Richard Clogg Times Literary Supplement)

“Danforth and Van Goeschoten grippingly tell the stories of thousands of Greek children relocated during the Greek Civil War….Amid charges of communist baby snatching and fascist child manipulation, the book charts an astonishingly evenhanded and supremely well-researched course. Insisting that refugee children ought to occupy center stage in their own history, the authors support their argument with two chapters of testimony from the historical actors themselves remembering their own childhood experiences. This innovative book ends with some insightful thinking about the production of historical memory….Highly recommended.”  
(K. Dubinsky Choice)

“This remarkable study breaks new ground in several areas: in its methodology, its style, and its topic. Historically and ethnographically, the book tells a duplex tale: by two authors, writing about two opposed camps, and exploring the vicissitudes of two states and two ethnicities. Balanced to an impressive degree, Children of the Greek Civil War succeeds magnificently in showing the parallels between the experiences of the two sides in a way that is moving as well as analytically compelling. Yet the greatest strength of the book, aside from the seamless writing and its emotional impact, lies in the theorization of the children’s agency in organizing their present lives and understanding their past.”
(Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University)

“Danforth and Van Boeschoten provide a well-written, fair-minded, and convincing comparative study of the actions of both sides and of the subsequent politics of memory.”
(European History Quarterly)

“Successfully combing archival research with extensive ethnographic fieldwork, Children of the Greek Civil War is a work of first-rate scholarship, grounded in original research and sophisticated theoretical analysis, that is often gripping as it ranges from historical prose to deeply moving personal vignettes. Given the contentiousness of the book’s subject—an understudied but highly significant episode—it is as courageous as it is informed. The time seems ripe for beginning the process of reconciliation, and Danforth and Van Boeschoten’s work will help us move down that difficult road.”
(Maria Todorova, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (November 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226135985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226135984
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,310,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the peak of the Greek Civil War in the 1940s, the Greek Communist party conducted a mass deportation of children. The children were sent away from their parents into new lives in the Soviet Bloc. The action has always been controversial to say the least.

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.
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Very informative. Clunky, wooden writing.
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This book was written by the support of both sides Greek and Macedonian. It was supported by the Hellenic Studies Program at Princeton University and the Department of History, Archaeology, and Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly in Greece. I wouldn't say the book is one sided or political. The Greek lobby is very powerful and against everything Macedonian so there is only a few Macedonians who can stand up to defend themselves against the centuries old Greek propaganda. "The director of the Princeton Program in Hellenic Studies was accused of “anti-Hellenism” and “treason" by the Greek lobby in the U.S. and across the world just because he approved a book that didn't fit the Greek ideology... as it has always been all this time. The Greek lobby is extremely powerful and I would expect a lot of bad comments and attacks in order to discredit this book. This book is very resourceful but you must know the subjects. If you don't you may find it difficult to understand since there is a lot in it. It's sad that the Macednian population is very small and the chances for this ethnic minority that is about to go extinct to be heard or protected are very low. The Greek government and Greek lobby around the world has been very powerful and been restricting objective research on the subject. The author must have been struggling to find strengths to write this book and go against the Greek lobby. Every previous attempt for had been discredited and shot down. You can find more information on this topic at the library of Congress, http://loc.gov/law/help/greece-minorities/greece.php. The Macedonian minority has been ethically cleansed by the Greek minority in a nice civilized and modern way. It has been marginalized and fears to speak up even today. Ethnic Macedonians in modern day EU country Greece still live in fear of getting fired from their government jobs or in some way be persecuted by the Greek government.
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It book gives light to a time in Europe that most people do not want to remember. The civil war between Macedonians and Greeks. The information gives people a new view point to matters in Europe.
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