The Greek Orthodox Community of Mytilene
This book focuses on the modernization of the Greek Orthodox community of Mytilene – the capital of Lesbos, an island located in the north-east Aegean – the changes it underwent, and its responses to the ever-changing political situation between 1876 and 1912. The author argues that the position of leading community members, particularly journalists, and their receptivity towards the social and political changes of the period, went hand-in-hand with their ‘ethnic’ and political aspirations for the role of the Greek Orthodox ethnos in the Empire. In relation to the competition among various ‘imperialisms’ and ‘nationalisms’ then developing around Mytilene’s Christians, the author shows that Ottoman reforms were successful in encouraging them to co-opt local interest such that concern for the growth of the specific community was directly linked to the survival of the Ottoman Empire.
Maria Mandamadiotou holds a BA in modern Greek philology from the University of Ioannina and an MA in modern Greek history from the department of Social Anthropology and History at the Aegean University. She completed her doctorate on The Greek Orthodox community of Mytilene on the path to modernization, 1876-1912 at King’s College London. Her research interests concern the political and social history of Greece in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.