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By Michael Herzfeld

ISBN-10: 0691028559

ISBN-13: 9780691028552

Michael Herzfeld describes what occurs whilst a forms charged with ancient conservation clashes with a neighborhood population adverse to the kingdom and suspicious of tourism. concentrating on the Cretan city of Rethemnos, as soon as a middle of studying below Venetian rule and later inhabited by means of the Turks, he examines significant questions confronting conservators and voters as they negotiate the "ownership" of heritage: Who defines the earlier? To whom does the earlier belong? what's "traditional" and the way is that this decided? Exploring the meanings of the outfitted atmosphere for Rethemnos's population, Herzfeld unearths that their curiosity in it has extra to do with own histories and the fast social context than with the formal historical past that draws the conservators. He additionally investigates the population' social practices from the standpoints of loved ones and relatives staff, political organization, local, gender ideology, and the consequences of those on attitudes towards domestic possession. within the face of modernity, the place culture is an item of either reverence and commercialism, Rethemnos emerges as a major ethnographic window onto the ambiguous cultural fortunes of Greece.

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In a good year, a household might even expect to make a little profit, with which it can purchase oil of a better quality than it produces itself; in an off year, it might still only have to acquire a h undred kilos or so to cover the year's domestic needs (about 25 0 kilos for a family of five) . THE TOWN OF THE TALE 31 Viticulture is immensely more labor-consuming than olive cultivation, to which it has increasingly given way in the Cretan countryside with the demise of true subsistence farming.

The sale documents mention Muslim coffee and tobacco mer­ chants, laborers, religious officials, grocers, shoemakers, a builder, a "rope-knitter" (a p rofession already known on Crete in Venetian times [Dimakopoulos 1 977 : 3 9] ) , a blacksmith , a knife maker, a barber, a por­ ter, a boatman, and a fish erman. Christians included a lawyer, a teacher, a p riest, a wine merchant, a pastry cook, an ironworker, carpenters, and bakers . In many cases, the wealthier Muslim owners have already left for Smyrna and the D ardanelles ; still-resident coreligionists wind up their affairs for them with the sale of their erstwhile homes.

Most of it, however, is not very time­ consuming in comparison with the demands made by vines. The b usy time is in late summer and autumn. Early spring pruning is only needed every ten or fifteen years . Annually, at the end of March, light pruning provides useful firewood ; other light work in April can be undertaken by a paid laborer. The first nets are usually spread on the ground in the au­ tumn. A family owning a restaurant on the touristy seafront closes it down each November to h arvest their olives; others start in O ctober.

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