The growth and decline of a Greek village’s micro-economy
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- Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2014. 359 pp., 9 b/w ill., 6 tables
- About the author
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- The structure of the book
- Part I: The First Half of the Twentieth Century
- Chapter 1: The Physical Environment and its Impact on the History of Tsamantas
- 1.1 In the shadow of Mount Mourgana
- 1.1.1 Topography, climate and the natural environment
- 1.1.2 The built environment
- 1.2 Ancient ambiguities: the land of the Atintanes?
- 1.3 Perceptions, identity, and attachment to place
- 1.3.1 A place of refuge
- 1.3.2 Factors affecting attachment to place
- Chapter 2: Tradition and Culture of Tsamantas through the Eyes of Nikolaos Nitsos
- 2.1 Nitsos’s background
- 2.2 The academic study of Greek folklore, and its influence on Nitsos
- 2.3 The organisation of the monograph: structure and taxonomy
- 2.4 The natural environment, the history of Tsamantas, and local toponyms
- 2.5 Local customs
- 2.6 The local dialect and the debate about linguistic purity
- 2.7 Songs and dances
- 2.8 Fairy tales and proverbs
- 2.9 Conclusion
- Chapter 3: The Social and Cultural Environment: Foundations for the Village’s Success?
- 3.1 Traditional values
- 3.2 The influence of the Orthodox Church
- 3.3 Gender roles and marriage
- 3.4 The education system
- 3.5 The legal and administrative systems and local politics
- 3.6 Conclusion
- Chapter 4: The Economy of Tsamantas during the First Half of the Twentieth Century
- 4.1 The final years of Pax Ottomanica
- 4.1.1 The economy of Tsamantas
- 4.1.2 Local specialisation: the growth and decline of the tinkers
- 4.2 After independence: contrasting fortunes up to the start of World War II
- 4.3 Conclusion
- Chapter 5: The First Waves of Emigration
- 5.1 The industrial city of Worcester and its immigrant communities
- 5.2 Creation of the database of migrants
- 5.3 The establishment of chain migration from Tsamantas to Worcester
- 5.4 From Ottoman Europe to New England: the transatlantic journey
- 5.5 The economic, social and spiritual life of the Tsamantas immigrants in Worcester
- 5.6 The start of emigration to Australia
- 5.7 Conclusion
- Chapter 6: The Delimitation of the Greek–Albanian Border, and its Impact on Tsamantas
- 6.1 The 1913 international boundary commission
- 6.2 The first boundary commission’s visit to Tsamantas
- 6.3 The second and third international boundary commissions (1922–1924)
- 6.4 The emergence of nationalism
- Chapter 7: The Years of War (1940–1949)
- 7.1 The Second World War
- 7.1.1 The Axis invasion and occupation
- 7.1.2 Economic consequences of the occupation
- 7.1.3 The national resistance
- 7.1.4 The Easter of sorrow: German raids on villages in the Mourgana area
- 7.1.5 The summer of despair
- 7.1.6 The expulsion of the Chams
- 7.1.7 The aftermath of liberation
- 7.2 The civil war
- 7.2.1 The battle for Mount Mourgana
- 7.3 Conclusion
- Part II: The Post Civil War Era
- Chapter 8: Tsamantas from 1950 to 1981: Causes and Effects of Decline
- 8.1 After the civil war in Tsamantas: poverty, disunity and transformation
- 8.1.1 Social change in Tsamantas and its consequences
- 8.1.2 Local administration and national politics
- 8.2 The seven years of military dictatorship (1967–1974)
- 8.3 New waves of migration
- 8.3.1 Emigration to West Germany
- 8.4 The early years of true democracy (1974–1981)
- 8.5 Conclusion
- Chapter 9: Pax Europaea: Life within the European Union
- 9.1 Greek politics from 1981 to the present day
- 9.2 The effect of EU membership on Tsamantas and its region
- 9.3 The opening of the Greek–Albanian border
- 9.3.1 The borderland: still a place of ambiguous identity
- 9.3.2 The current situation in the border area
- 9.4 Life in Tsamantas today
- 9.5 Some reflections and concluding comments
- Series index
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