ghosts

“Today the old delusions of grandeur are being replaced by a more sober sense of what individual contries can achieve alone. As small states integrate themselves in a wider world, and even the largest learn how much they need their neighbours’ help to tackle the problems that face them all, the stringently patrolled and narrow-minded conception of history which they once nurtured and which gave them a kind of justification starts to look less plausible and less necessary. Other futures may require other pasts.”

Mark Mazower, Salonica: City of Ghosts (2004)

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