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In 1923, approximately two million citizens of Turkey and Greece were forcibly transported across the Aegean, to restore ethnic homogeneity to their respective nations. The consequences of this now little-remembered mass deportation were momentous, not just for its victims and their descendants, but also for our sense of what Europe is, and where it lies. ‘A book about something that happened in the 1920s cannot always be expected to raise acute questions about the world today; the power of this book is the terrifying way that it does.’ - Tim Judah in the Oberver
Mark Mazower writes:
Both Turkey and Greece now form vital links on the people-smuggling routes between Asia and Europe. An estimated one million people in Greece – maybe a tenth of the population – are immigrants. Istanbul may have lost almost all its Greeks, but its Iranian population, for example, is huge. National homogeneity and its suppressive myths no longer make economic sense. Prosperity means joining European markets, and importing cheap labour. We are not exactly returning to the old imperial multi-confessionalism but we are surely emerging from the historical parenthesis represented by the étatist nation-state. Which is why Clark’s refugees are a valuable corrective to the policymakers’ fondness for organising other people’s lives, and why the tinge of nostalgia which permeates this lucid analysis offers its own message for the future.