Lecture by Panayotis Stathis with the topic “Revisiting the Greek revolution of 1821. The multiple paths to revolt”

According to the dominant interpretative scheme, the 1821 revolution was a result of, on the one hand, the economic (particularly commercial and maritime) progress of the Greek-speaking Christians and, on the other hand, and in close connection with the former, of the formation and diffusion of the Greek national identity together with the Neo-hellenic Enlightenment. In the 1970s Vassilis Cremmydas linked the revolution with an acute economic crisis that hit the economy of the Greek-speaking Christians in the 1810s. This approach fell into disuse in the next decades, as research was orientated mainly towards the fields of culture and ideas. Panayotis Stathis will argue that the outbreak of the revolution in the various places of the Greek lands was influenced by important local and regional differences regarding the sociopolitical organization and economy. In many areas that revolted there was a substratum of social and political antagonisms that became sharper, as well as a social environment of multiple crises that affected several social groups, thus rendering the prospect of the revolution attractive.

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