The Study of the Human Past

“Refugees from Greece and the Dodecanese to Turkey during WWII (1941-1944)”

Lamprou Alexandros

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Summary of the Research Proposal

Based on archival and bibliographic research in Turkey and Greece and informed by refugee-studies and recent works on the displacement of populations and refugee-management during the Second World War and the post-war Europe, this project calls for the study of wave of refugees fleeing Greece and the Dodecanese to Turkey between 1941 and 1944. Designed to overcome the lack of scholarship in this field, the project’s aim is to offer a comprehensive presentation of refugee waves to Turkey, through quantitative and qualitative analysis and to study the refugee-management by the Turkish state and the Greek government-in-exile taking into consideration both states’ political and ideological concerns, financial, military and diplomatic considerations, and ethnic, gender and class-based biases.

This research project was funded by the Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH), with the support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.

To view the conference’s program in Greek, click here.

The research results of the program “Refugees from Greece and the Dodecanese to Turkey during WWII (1941-1944)”, by Alexandros Lamprou have been published in Greek by RCH Digital Library, as part of the journal PIXELS@humanities,
in the volume Research Results 2018: epistemology – space – health – history.

Read the article in Greek here.















Alexandros Lamprou studied History and Ethnology (BA, 2000 Democritus University of Thrace), Middle Eastern History (MA, 2001 Manchester University) and Turkish History (PhD 2009, Leiden University). He is currently teaching Modern Greek history and Turkish-Greek Comparative history at the Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Ankara University. He has formerly taught Modern Turkish History at the University of Crete. His research interests include state-society relations, social engineering projects and petitioning. He is currently doing research on the Greek refugees to Turkey and the Middle East during the Second World War.





Selected Publications

  • Lamprou, Alexandros, Nation-Building in Modern Turkey: The People’s Houses, the State, and the Citizen 1932-1951, London: I.B. Tauris, 2015
  • Lamprou, Alexandros, “Negotiating gender identities during mixed-gender activities: amateur theatre in the 1930s and 1940s in Turkey”, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 42/4 (2015), 618–637
  • Lamprou, Alexandros, “Nationalist mobilization and state-society relations: the People’s House’s campaign for Turkish in Izmir, June – July 1934”, Middle Eastern Studies 49/5 (2013), 824-39.