Balkan Historiographies and the Legacies of Empire

with Dimitris Stamatopoulos

hosted by Kalliopi Amygdalou

The emergence of nationalism in the Balkans entailed a reconfiguration of historical space and time. Nationalist historians struggled in particular in dealing with the imperial heritage of the Ottoman and Byzantine pasts. In this episode, Dimitris Stamatopoulos explores how the historians of the Balkans' various national communities addressed the question of empire and the long legacies of the Byzantine and Ottoman states.

Dimitris Stamatopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki and author of several publications on the history of the Christian Orthodox populations of the Ottoman Empire.
Kalliopi Amygdalou is a doctoral candidate in the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College in London working on the relationship between national historiographies and the built environment in Greece and Turkey (see

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