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The internal displacement of the Great Idea: The nation’s vow and the memory of 1821 in the Colonels’ Greece

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The internal displacement of the Great Idea: The nation’s vow and the memory of 1821 in the Colonels’ Greece

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9 November 2021

Abstract

In 1829 the participants of the Fourth National Assembly voted to construct the Church of the Saviour in gratitude for liberation from the Ottoman Empire. Their plans for a colossal church reflected their hopes for national grandiosity more than reality, however, and rather expectedly no church was built. Yet the phantasm of this structure continued to hover over Greece, and in the late 1960s the project was revisited by the junta in the context of the 150th anniversary of the revolution. Through an imaginative reading of the historical record, the Colonels rebranded the church as an unrealised “Nation’s Vow” whose fulfilment would signify that Greece, at least domestically, had been made great again. Today the project is remembered by some as a sacrilegiously unrealised pledge and by others as a scandalous kitsch endeavour, and in neither case is there much recognition of how it is embedded in a long and complex history of visions of national grandeur. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, I locate the church within this history, which allows me to ask: What happens to irredentist ideas when they encounter harsh realities, and what would a history of the Greek 20th century that traces the reconfigurations and transformations of these visions for the nation look like?

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https://vimeo.com/645970333
https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/events/details/esoteriki-metatopisi-gr

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01:15:00

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