A reminder that the first of this term's World History Workshop meetings
will take place on THURSDAY, 22 October from 12:30 to 14:00. Dr. Naoise
Mac Sweeney will present a paper entitled "Catastrophe and Katabasis:
The 1922 Greek retreat from Turkey and classical metaphors". Please see
the abstract below.
The venue is the seminar room in the St John's Library (mezzanine level
- ask the librarian for further directions if unsure). All are welcome.
Catastrophe and Katabasis: The 1922 Greek retreat from Turkey and
The 26th August 1922. The broken remnants of the Greek army flee from
central Anatolia down to the Aegean coast. Behind them lie Greece's
dreams of overseas expansion, briefly realised in the partitioning of
the Ottoman Empire after the First World War. After three years of
occupation in Asia Minor, the Greek army has been defeated by the forces
of the new Turkish Nationalist movement. The defeat marks a new phase in
the eastern Mediterranean - Greece renounces its claims to Anatolian
territory, the modern state of Turkey is born, and the Treaty of
Lausanne causes the compulsory exchange of minority populations between
the two new states. The Greek retreat from Anatolia therefore marks a
crucial turning point in Balkan and eastern Mediterranean history - for
the Greeks, it is the 'Great Catastrophe', but for the Turks it is the
'National Struggle'. This paper considers how this turning point was
described at the time - how was this moment represented, commemorated,
and rationalised? What parallels are drawn, and what comparisons made?
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