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Antike und Byzanz als historisches Erbe in Südosteuropa vom 19.–21. Jahrhundert

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Edited By Hans-Christian Maner and Ioannis Zelepos

Der Sammelband enthält Beiträge internationaler Experten aus verschiedenen Fachdisziplinen zur Wahrnehmung von Antike und Byzanz als historischem Erbe in Südosteuropa vom 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart. Die Fallbeispiele reichen von Bosnien-Herzegowina bis zur Türkei. Die Autoren untersuchen Medialisierungen von Vergangenheit in komparativer Perspektive im Hinblick auf wissenschaftliche Diskurse sowie auf politische und ideologische Indienstnahmen unter besonderer Berücksichtigung jüngster und gegenwärtiger Entwicklungen. Ihre differenzierten Einzelanalysen liefern somit ein wertvolles Kompendium zum aktuellen Thema «Public History» in der Region.

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Schemes of Continuity: Byzantine and Ottoman imperial pasts in the work of Konstantinos Paparrigopoulos and Mehmed Fuad Köprülü

Schemes of Continuity:

Byzantine and Ottoman imperial pasts in the work of Konstantinos

Paparrigopoulos and Mehmed Fuad Köprülü

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Dimitris Stamatopoulos

Greek and Turkish historiography in contrast with other historiographies in the Balkans that proceeded ab initio to idealize the medieval past initially relied on a fundamental rejection of the Byzantine (Greece) and Ottoman (Turkey) middle ages. However, the re-incorporation of this lost link was needed for the framing of the great narrative of national continuity. Konstantinos Paparrigopoulos and Mehmed Fuad Köprülü represent this crucial moment in the development of Greek and Turkish historiography. The paper shows the striking similarities of their theoretical presuppositions concerning national identity

Konstantinos Paparrigopoulos and Mehmed Fuad Köprülü represent a crucial moment in the development of Greek and Turkish historiography respectively: that of the incorporation into the predominant national narrative of the medieval link which the initial elaborations by radical nationalists had rejected.1

In the Greek case, the Byzantine middle ages were incorporated into the national narrative at the moment when the Megali Idea emerged as a political and ideological program for national fulfillment. The old reservations of members of the Enlightenment like Korais and their successors like Koumanoudis would be brushed aside, and the road opened for a Hellenization of Byzantium, whether at ←125 | 126→the level of philosophy (Zambelios) or historiography (Paparrigopoulos). The spatial fulfillment of the Greek nation through the conquest of Constantinople as the ultimate objective had a prerequisite in temporal fulfillment, that is, the expression of a coherent scheme of national continuity.

In the Turkish case, the...

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