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Balkan readings of 1821



Balkan readings of 1821


November 2021


The book “Balkan readings of 1821” offers a panorama of the reception of the Greek Revolution in the Balkans from the 19th century to the present day, highlighting, at the same time, little-known aspects of the events, as they were recorded in historical documents in the various Balkan languages. By systematically studying the historical writings of the Balkan countries, Georgios Manios (Romania), Elias Skoulidas (Albania), Antonis Hadjikyriacou (Turkey) and Andreas Lymberatos (Serbia and Bulgaria) critically focus on the ideological processes that determined the varied and often contradictory perceptions of the 1821 Revolution in each Balkan country, explore their significance for the self-image of the post-Ottoman Balkan societies and the relations between them, and bring into our field of vision their points of contact with the more “familiar”, Greek readings of 1821. In the introductory essay, Andreas Lymberatos explores the application of the concept of “historical heritage” in the study of 1821’s direct and indirect influences on the Balkan area and attempts a synthesis of the research findings in the various countries. The national reading schemes of 1821, which reflect the priorities of the formation of the Balkan nations in the 19th century, will be enriched in the 20th (century) by approaches that seek ties between the Balkan peoples on the margins of the development of inter-Balkan diplomatic relations. The rejuvenating critical effect of Balkan Marxism, which raised questions on philosophical-historical interpretation of the revolutions, will remain incomplete, giving ground, as a state ideology after 1945, to past nationalist and utilitarian readings.

(Edited and translated blurb from publisher’s website)

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