Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
This year marks the 200-year anniversary of the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence (1821-32). During the War, in 1822, the Chios Massacre took place, where 100,000 inhabitants of the island of Chios were either killed, enslaved or displaced. This paper focusses on the large coerced Chiot diaspora that fled the massacre to the ports of Europe, particularly London.
Firstly, an interrogation of the realities of the Chios Massacre will be provided. Following this, the resulting Chiot diaspora will then be analysed in the context of wider migration history, to ascertain the nature, features, demographics and stories of their emigration. Discussion of Chiot settlement and community building, as well as their lasting legacies, will place their story into the wider tapestry of emigration narratives.