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The Serbian, Greek and Romanian revolutions in comparison



The Serbian, Greek and Romanian revolutions in comparison


13 March 2021


Revolutions are exceptional events of the past: they change the direction of development and create alternative combinations for the future. Some of the contemporaries participate in revolutionary activities, others play the role of observers or prefer to remain adversaries. Looking at the situation among the Serbs, the Greeks and the Romanians in the early 19th century we have to analyse the preconditions for their revolutionary attempts, the pool of available human resources, and the different motivations (for and against the rising), the structure of the revolutionary processes as well as the results in retrospect. Comparing these three cases in Southeastern Europe we may observe similarities (opposition to the Ottoman power, a part of the same ethnic group beyond their own life horizon, interest to get help from outside, common Orthodox legacy), but also differences (initial position with regard to the sociological and political structure, concepts, results). A special aspect concerns the question what was in summary more relevant – the juridical, the economic or the mental effect of the revolution upon the organisation of the future.

(Edited abstract from organiser’s website)

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