Book series – University of Copenhagen

Book series

The research centre has established a book series with Palgrave Macmillan Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe.

So far three volumes have been published:


Catharina Raudvere (ed.) Nostalgia, Loss and Creativity in South-East Europe. Political and Cultural Representations of the Past. 2018

This book represents a high-quality contribution to the field of memory studies and the idea
of nostalgia in a crucial historical context. This will be a valuable addition to reading lists on imperial histories and legacies in the Balkans, not least because it brings together Habsburg and Ottoman narratives.’
Michael Talbot, University of Greenwich, UK

This book explores the relationship between the modern history of South-East Europe and the long imperial past of the region. National narratives from the nineteenth century still influence the view of the past, as well as visions of progress, despite the major changes in the twentieth century. This collection of essays shows how this bond is politically and socially visible on different levels, from states to local communities, along with creative developments in art, literature and religious practice. Bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines, the book offers analyses from diverse theoretical perspectives, united by an interest in the political and cultural representations of the past in South-East Europe from a long-term perspective.

By emphasising how the relationship between loss and creative inspiration are intertwined in cultural production and history writing, these essays cover themes across South-East Europe and provide an insight into how specific agents – intellectuals, politicians, artists – have represented the past and have looked towards the future.


Trine Stauning Willert  The New Ottoman Greece in History and Fiction. 2018

This book explores the increasing interest in the Ottoman past in contemporary Greek society and its cultural sphere. It considers how the changing geo-political balances in South-East Europe since 1989 have offered Greek society an occasion to re-examine the transition from cultural diversity in the imperial context, to efforts to homogenize culture in the subsequent national contexts. This study shows how contemporary immigration and better relations with Turkey led to new directions in historiography, fiction and popular culture in the beginning of the twenty-first century. It focuses on how narratives about cultural co-existence under Ottoman rule are used as a prism of national self-awareness and argues that the interpretations of Greece’s Ottoman legacy are part of the cultural battles over national identity and belonging. The book examines these narratives within the context of tension between East and West and, not least, Greece’s place in Europe.


Vahram Ter-Matevosyan  Turkey, Kemalism, and the Soviet Union. Problems of Modernization, Ideology and Interpretation. 2018

This book examines the Kemalist ideology ofTurkey from two perspectives. It discusses major problems in the existing interpretations of the topic and how the incorporation of Soviet perspectives enriches the historiography and our understanding of that ideology. To address these questions, the book looks into the origins, evolution, and transformational phases of Kemalism between the 1920s and 1970s. The research also focuses on external interpretations by observing how republican Turkey and particularly its founding ideology were viewed and interpreted by Soviet observers. Paying more attention to the diplomatic, geopolitical, and economic complexities ofTurkish-Soviet relations, scholars have rarely problematized those perceptions ofTurkish ideological transformations. Looking at various phases of Sov iet attitudes towards Kemalism and its manifestations through the lenses of Communist leaders, party functionaries, diplomats and scholars, the book illuminates the underlying dynamics of Soviet interpretations.

Vahram Ter-Matevosyan is Associate Professor at the College ofHumanities and Social Sciences at the American University of Armenia and the Chair of the Turkish Studies Department at the lnstitute for Oriental Studies at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.


And in the pipeline

 Zlatko Jovanovic  The 1984 Winter Olympics and the Making of Sarajevo


 Johanna Chovanec and Olof Heilo (eds.)  Narratives of Multinationalism in the Late Habsburg and Ottoman Empires. Alternatives to Nationalism, 1848–1918