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Stammering the Nation: Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean



Stammering the Nation: Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean


May 2022


The history of a generation of Ionian intellectuals, authors and political figures – from Ugo Foscolo, Kalvos and Solomos to Kapodistrias, Andreas Moustoxydis and Niccolò Tomasseo – who experienced the collapse of the Venetian Republic and of the shared cultural and political space of the Adriatic area. Prominent witnesses of the long transition from a world of empires to a world of nation-states, they contributed to the emergence of Greek and Italian nationalism, decisively shaping their vocabulary. Reviewing these biographies and their forgotten intellectual universe, Konstantina Zanou reconstructs a world of diverse ties, ideas and exchanges – a mixture, rather than a clash, of elements of liberalism and empire, Enlightenment and religion, conservatism and revolution, East and West that were consequently buried under the conventional narrative of the advent of the nation-state. Starting from the Ionian Islands, the study follows the threads that stretched from pre-national, unified Italy and pre- and post-revolutionary Greece to imperial Russia, restoring the lost link between the changing geopolitical contexts of Western Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans in the age of revolution.

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This book is a translation of Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850: Stammering the Nation, which was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press.

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