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Why does the 1821 Revolution concern us?



Why does the 1821 Revolution concern us?

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22 March 2021


"The “Culture through Politics” team will host a public talk “Why does the 1821 Revolution concern us? on 22 March 20021 at 7pm.

The talk will deal with the following issues: Why are we interested in the Greek Revolution? Why should we be interested in it or why is it significant that we care? How does it influence the constitution of the modern Greek identity?

The usual answer is that national consciousness and the consciousness of the citizen are created through familiarity with the image of the revolution, which is transmitted through education and public history. But we have all found that while school knowledge can be passive, interest on the contrary is something broader, lasting and fuels learning and reflection, an updated re-enactment of the event, linked to the subject’s values.

Therefore, is it important to discuss what could possibly interest us today regarding the complex event that is the Greek Revolution? How can we converse with “1821”? How can our relationship with that event escape the nationalist context? Can we see it differently, rediscover it? What would be the terms of a new processing?

Do we see “1821” as a revolution or a struggle for independence? What’s the difference?
Which of its values are prominent in our consciousness? Heroism, freedom, collectivity, the search for the common ground, the vision of progress, the act of desperation?
How do we interpret the civil wars of the revolution? In ancient times, the civil war was the greatest danger to the citizens and they made their decisions based on how to avoid it. Why do we usually hide the civil war dimension of our history?

Are modern citizens interested in the new interpretations that have emerged in recent years regarding the participation of women, the role of the church, the correlation of the revolution with the global climate of its time?

How far removed is historical research and its political dimension from current political discourse?

What did the Constitution mean for the population of that time? What consequences did the new government have on their lives? To whom did it give rise to reactions and to whom expectations? What elements of reflection does it offer on the Greek Revolution to today’s citizens or to young people and children? Does it have anything to do with the problems and challenges we face today? Is it more recognized as a good and successful starting point, as a distance of progress or as a lack of beginning?

Greece is one of the few countries that was founded through a revolution. What consequences did this have for the political formation and development of the country? In many countries, too, the moment of birth was later challenged or considered a source of distortion and suffering. In Greece, however, no one has questioned the moment of birth. What does this mean for the conscience of the citizens but also for the political culture?"

(Edited description of event from organiser’s website)

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