Monday, January 3, 2011

Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of a City

No lyric poetry here, just pure Ionian tragedy:

By Marjorie Housepian Dobkin, Newmark Press, N.Y., 1998 (Second reprint of Faber edition, London, 1972).

After reading the introduction and the closing chapter here, get the book and see for yourself how little has changed in the world of diplomacy.


  1. Thank you for this, Vassilis. From an investigative-research-process point of view, she had me hooked from the beginning.

    Her discoveries in some ways parallel the current Wikileaks disclosures, bringing to light American hypocrisy vis-a-vis policy and denial (e.g. in their quest for oil concessions regardless of consequences to the populace and its warships standing idly by refusing to help while massacres took place.

    Σας ευχαριστώ για την αναφορά. Πάω να αγοράσω αυτό το βιβλίο.

  2. That book is a must, Vassili. I will buy it. It seems time hasn't passed: "diplomacy" depending on the same reason: money.

  3. Being Greek, it's hard for me to be "objective" about the Smyrna affair but Ms. Dobkin does a masterly job of exposing the deceit inherent in
    treaties that are based primarily on satisfying vested commercial interests with nary a thought about saving the lives of thousands of innocents.


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