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Conflicts during the national-state building



Conflicts during the national-state building




"The series of online lectures organized by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH about the Greek Revolution of 1821 continues on Monday, April 19, 6 p.m. (GMT+2), with three lectures on “Conflicts during the national-state building”. Specifically, Dimitris Kousouris, assistant professor in Universität Wien, will speak on “The Catholics of Syros in front of the challenge of nation-state”. Syra, “the Pope’s island”, was the only Aegean island with a solid Roman Catholic majority. As a neutral ground after the outbreak of the Greek Revolution, its port was a safe haven for Orthodox merchants and refugees fleeing Ottoman retaliation. Until 1821, the island's Catholics were described as “Franks” or “Latins”, and showed a reluctance to join the Greek revolution. This hybrid identity, forged at a Levantine crossroads between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, was soon to be replaced by that of the “Greeks of the Western Church”.

Nikos Sigalas, researcher at CETOBaC, EHESS-CNRS, will speak on will speak on “The 1821 chieftains between traditional and modern repertoire: clash and revolution”. The announcement examines the repertoire of the warlords who take part in the Greek Revolution: the way they fight, the goals they set, the means they use. The question that arises is whether this repertoire can be characterized as traditional and whether it is, or is gradually becoming, modern (based on the relevant analysis by Charles Tilly). At the same time, in this connection, the Communication examines the creation of the state as a side effect of attempts to control the means of war (as Tilly, in another study, paraphrases and historicizes Max Weber's famous definition).

Dionysis Tzakis, assistant professor in the Ionian University, will speak on “Disputes and conflicts about the military and political unification during the first years of the revolution”. His lecture will focus on the processes of military and political unification of the revolutionary area observed in the Peloponnese and Roumeli. More specifically, the unequal unifying dynamics that developed in the Peloponnese and Roumeli during the first years of the revolution will be presented, which depends on the different ways in which the local military and political leaderships dealt with the war, as well as the different types of social political tensions and conflicts in these two areas."

From the description of the event, as it was published on the organizer's website.

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