The Cham Albanians of Greece: A Documentary History

Robert Elsie, Bejtullah D. Destani, Rudina Jasini
I.B.Tauris, 18 Δεκ 2012 - 288 σελίδες

Despite the extensive analysis of the historical, political and legal background of many Balkan conflicts in recent years, little attention has been paid to the tragedy of the Cham ethnic community. In 1913 the territories inhabited by almost half of the Albanian population were exempted from the boundaries of the new state of Albania. Nearly 700,000 ethnic Albanians found their homelands incorporated into Serbia and Greece and the land of the Chams, a coastal area between southern Albania and north-west Greece known as 'Chameria', was entirely incorporated into Greece. Since that time, the predominantly Muslim Chams have faced severe persecution in Greece, including forced expulsion from their homes, particularly under the Metaxas regime in the 1930s and also during World War II. The documents gathered together in this book address all of the periods of forced expulsions of the Cham population from Greece. The publication of these documents provides an unparalleled historical record of the Cham story, but more importantly illustrates the violations of human rights inflicted upon the Cham community.

This book will be essential reading for scholars of Balkan history, politics and legal issues. It will provide a fascinating insight into one of the forgotten tragedies of the twentieth century.


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Bejtullah Destani is a British-Albanian scholar and the Director of the Centre for Albanian Studies in London, USA. Rudina Jasini's DPhil is from the University of Oxford, UK. She holds an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Oxford and an LLM in International Legal Studies from Georgetown Law Center.

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