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“Freedom Fighters” and 1821: A transnational approach to the Greek War of Independence



“Freedom Fighters” and 1821: A transnational approach to the Greek War of Independence




Romantic idealists or professional revolutionaries? The “Freedom Fighters”, the philhellenes who came to revolutionary Greece in 1821 to fight for Greek Independence, are considered here as a dynamic, transnational group that traverses the multiple revolutionary fronts of the post-Napoleonic period. At a time when cosmopolitanism coexisted with nationalism, and the latter was understood as revolutionary ideology, the foreign volunteers of the “Liberal International” linked the revolutions of the turbulent 1820s from the Mediterranean basin to Latin America.

They carried the modern ideas of liberalism and national independence, pursued a glorious career on the battlefield and remained true to their personal conception of military honour and the code of war. They defended civilisation against barbarism, nonetheless the modern Greeks are often included in the latter category.

A subversive study of the philhellenes, examining how the Greek Revolution could join the “revolutionary wave” of radical liberalism and the problematic integration of the Greeks into the emerging ideology of modern European identity.

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