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The 1821 Revolution and Greek village life today



The 1821 Revolution and Greek village life today

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10 June 2021


The rural village lies at the heart of the Greek national imagination, and undoubtedly played a major role in sustaining a sense of adherence to Greek religious, cultural, and linguistic values over the centuries. At the same time, certain aspects of village life – notably the organisation of family and kin relations, the division of land and other forms of property, rituals of reciprocity and mutual assistance, and attitudes to conflict – have changed in much of rural Greece. It is very easy to imagine pre-Independence Greece through these newer images, but a few places – notably in Mani and on Crete – retain the older characteristics and allow us to understand both the forms of resistance to Ottoman rule and the difficulties that these areas have experienced in accepting the bureaucratic regulation of their daily affairs. The speaker, an anthropologist with long experience of working in rural Crete, will illustrate his talk with examples from his fieldwork.

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Sponsors: Jim Bossinakis. Corporate sponsors: Delphi Bank, Delphi Business Group, Symposiarch

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