Christine Philliou specializes in the connected histories of the Balkans and Middle East, focusing on the emergence of the Greek and Turkish nation-states out of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries. She has worked, and is interested more broadly in comparative empires and in interfaces between cultures and histories in Europe as well as beyond. Her books, Biography of an Empire: Governing Ottomans in an Age of Revolution (2011), and Turkey: A Past Against History (2021), have been widely acclaimed and translated into both Greek and Turkish, and she has published widely in scholarly journals as well as in broader forums such as PublicBooks. Her interest in Switzerland and Italy have in part to do with the fact that these areas became interesting places of “refuge” for dissidents and aristocrats from the Ottoman Balkans and Middle East, and even from the Ottoman royal household after the dissolution of the empire in 1922-3.
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