When Tim Salmon first set out to explore the remote mountain regions of Northern Greece, he couldn't find anybody, either Greek or foreign, who knew anything about them or had ever been there. This, along with the absence of any books or detailed maps, proved irresistible to the Rough Guide author, travel journalist, mountaineer and linguist. "Those hazy bulwarks seen against a summer sky from lowland roads and tourist routes where the black-caped winter shepherds repaired in spring. Where did they go?" For the next 40 years Tim made it his business to find out. A close friendship, ongoing to this day, with a family of Vlach mountain shepherds lies at the heart of The Unwritten Places. The Vlachs are called Arumani in their own language, which today is their principal distinguishing feature. It is a language derived from Latin and is considered to be a dialect of Romanian. Tim has watched his friends' flocks grow in size and seen the road arrive as their children grew into their sophisticated twenties. Tim's final acceptance by these proud and secretive peoples (but never quite their dogs!) is marked by his participation in the annual transhumance of the shepherds and their flocks, walking between winter and summer pastures at a time just before the roads and the lorries took over. A beautifully-written, intimate portrait of an all but vanished way of Greek mountain life, uninterrupted for thousands of years. "He describes the remote parts of Greece beautifully, and comments hauntingly on their despoliation." The Times Literary Supplement "He has a sensitive and perceptive eye for mountainscape and skyscape, an eye any landscape painter might envy." The Anglo-Hellenic Review
Valued for their sensual and social intensity, Greek dance-events are often also problematical for participants, giving rise to struggles over position, prestige, and reputation. Here Jane Cowan explores how the politics of gender is articulated through the body at these culturally central, yet until now ethnographically neglected, celebrations in a class-divided northern Greek town. Portraying the dance-event as both a highly structured and dynamic social arena, she approaches the human body not only as a sign to be deciphered but as a site of experience and an agent of practice. In describing the multiple ideologies of person, gender, and community that townspeople embody and explore as they dance, Cowan presents three different settings: the traditional wedding procession, the "Europeanized" formal evening dance of local civic associations, and the private party. She examines the practices of eating, drinking, talking, gifting, and dancing, and the verbal discourse through which celebrants make sense of each other's actions. Paying particular attention to points of tension and moments of misunderstanding, she analyzes in what ways these social situations pose different problems for men and women.
Including Thessaloniki, Epirus, Macedonia, Pelion, Mount Olympus, Chalkidiki, Meteora and the Sporades
Author: Dana Facaros
Northern Greece travel guide - travel information and holiday advice including Thessaloníki hotels and restaurants, Mount Olympus, Mount Athos, the Víkos Gorge, Meteora, Lake Plastíra, the Pelion Peninsula and Skiáthos. Also covers Alexander the Great, history, myths, culture, sports, beaches, wildlife, birdwatching, national parks and monasteries.
Discover ancient worlds in a spectacular landscape Whether you want to explore the awe inspiring Acropolis, relax on the unspoiled beaches of the Máni archipelago or simply indulge in deliciously fresh Greek food, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Greece has to offer. From the ancient wonders of Delphi and Olympos to the rugged coastline of the Máni peninsula, Greece dazzles with an array of breathtaking sites and scenery. Amid this historic landscape lie a number of cosmopolitan and vibrant cities brimming with trendy tavernas, excellent eateries and first-rate museums. Our recently updated guide brings Greece to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography and our and our hand-drawn illustrations which place you inside the county's iconic buildings and neighbourhoods. You'll discover: -our pick of Greece's must-sees, top experiences and hidden gems -the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay -detailed maps and walks which make navigating the country easy -easy-to-follow itineraries -expert advice: get ready, get around and stay safe -colour-coded chapters to every part of the Greek mainland, from Athens to Northern Greece, the Peloponnese to Western Greece Visiting the Greek Islands? Try our DK Eyewitness Greek Islands.
The objective of this research was to investigate the post World War II changes in the economy of Northern Greece. Nine months were devoted to geographical field work. Field work was essential in order to observe and record the changes that have taken place in the region's economy. Also, officials, private business men, and professional men were consulted to obtain statistical data. Insofar as possible Greek sources of the most recent date were used. The book is divided into 11 chapters: physical and human aspects, agriculture, livestock, fishing, forestry, mining, industry and handicrafts, electricity, transportation, ports and trade tourism and conclusion.
With the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and a pending NATO membership bid, an old conflict between Greece and Macedonia has taken on added significance for the international community. Greece has vehemently argued, particularly in the West, that the name Macedonia was in fact Greek and that its use by this new nation in the Balkans portended Macedonia’s expansionist ambitions. The Macedonians bitterly disputed this, noting that Alexander the Great was a Macedonian, and adducing many other fascinating and rational arguments. Tensions were said to have been reduced by an interim agreement between the two countries, but the attempted assassination of Macedonian president Kiro Gligorov in October 1995 has again heightened hostility in the area. The genesis of the conflict is detailed here, as well as the modern day events that have led many observers to believe that the area is a flashpoint for a major war, greater than that in Bosnia.
The American Farm School and Greece in the Twentieth Century
Author: Brenda L. Marder
Publisher: Mercer University Press
This historical narrative traces selected aspects of twentieth century Greece that best lend context to the history of the American Farm School as it strove to improve the quality of education it offered to rural youth during this transforming period of modern Greek history. How the School progressed from its Protestant origins through the process of Hellenization is a major part of this story. The School's survival was as rocky as the Greek terrain itself. The series of wars are explained in light of the devastation they caused in Northern Greece and the influence they had on the School's students. Political events are analyzed closely to demonstrate not only their repercussions on students throughout Greece but also on those at the American Farm School. Emerging naturally from these events is a discussion of Greek American relations in the post war period, tracing areas of friction and harmony. Documenting the rural poverty that made Greek life miserable for the largest segment of Greece's population in the first half of the twentieth century, the book then moves systematically forward toward the post World War Two period, and era of relative prosperity. Greece's accession to the European Union, a move that forced the country and the Farm School to think globally altered the atmosphere. The School's purpose became larger than simply transforming hungry village boys into skilled tillers of the soil. Instead, the goal became the task of pinpointing Greece's shifting challenges and defining them, while constantly rethinking the School's mission to avoid propelling it along a meaningless track.
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