History Department
History Department

Charalampos Minasidis


B.A. in History & Archaeology, B.A. in Political Sciences, Master in Balkan & Turkish History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; M.A. in The History of Warfare, King's College London

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Modern History of SE Europe & Ottoman Empire/Turkey; history of warfare; social history; collective action; history of ideas; cultural history

Biography


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Modern European and Middle Eastern History. My research focuses on Southeastern European and Ottoman/Turkish societies' responses to political, social and military upheavals.

My dissertation "War is the Father of All: Citizen Soldiers, Mobilizations, & Democratization in Greece & the Ottoman Empire During the Early 20th Century," studies the human landscape of total mobilization via the social category of citizen soldiers as a way to study society at war. Both Greek and Ottoman citizen soldiers proved to be a mobile category that not only moved between the various war fronts and the home front, but also between experiences, and ideas in a post-Ottoman world. The fluidity that the war caused brought such an uncertainty that the citizen soldiers did not have any idea of how this would culminate. The only tools to imagine and re-imagine the war and the future were by envisioning and experiencing the war itself, as the various military and socio-political mobilizations led to an unprecedented situation.

The project draws from grassroots sources such as diaries, memoirs, letters, postcards, songs, petitions besides newspapers, articles of association, resolutions, and state, judicial and military archives and in conversation with the recent historiography on war, especially the one focusing on the First World War, comparative, transnational and post-imperial studies and social movements theories, argues that the war period between 1912 and 1923 proved transformative for both Greek and Ottoman citizen soldiers and had as a consequence their emergence as a modern political organization whose radicalization was formed as a denial to the monarchical past.

My studies and research have been funded by the UT Department of History, the UT Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Foundation.

I hold an M.A. in The History of Warfare (2008) from King’s College London, and an M.A. in Balkan & Turkish History (2013), a B.A. in Political Sciences (2014) and a B.A. in History & Archaeology, with specialization in History (2007) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Society for Macedonian Studies (Thessaloniki, Greece), where I worked as a research assistant from 2007 to 2012, and Epikentro Publishers published the adaptation and expansion of my second master thesis: Η Πολιτική των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών στο Μακεδονικό Ζήτημα τη δεκαετία του 1940 [United States Policy on the Macedonian Question during the 1940s], Thessaloniki: Epikentro, Society for Macedonian Studies, 2016, 384 pp., ISBN 9789604586653.