Friday, January 22nd, 2021 Diaspora, Nation, and Other Fantastic Interpretations of the 1821 Greek Revolution

Friday, January 22, 20212:00PM - 3:30PMExternal Event, Online Event


Hellenic Studies Program


Diaspora and nation are two of the most appealing and enduring notions used to explain the Greek Revolution of 1821. How accurately do they depict the events that shook the Ottoman Empire and mobilized people around the world to support the Greek cause? The talk will suggest two ways to approach empirically the foundational event of Greek history: a) the crucial international context in Europe and beyond; b) the divisions and conflicts among the revolutionaries that nearly lost the war. Both interpretations allow for a more extrovert and historically accurate understanding of the revolution.

Sakis Gekas is Associate Professor and Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair of Modern Greek History and Hellenic Studies at York University. He has published on the history of the Ionian Islands and on aspects of Greek and Mediterranean economic and social history. His book, “Xenocracy. State, Class, and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864,” was published by Berghahn Books in 2017.


Prof. Sakis Gekas
Associate Professor and Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair of Modern Greek History and Hellenic Studies, York University

Prof. Phil Triadafilopoulos
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

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