The role of Greek Revolution and its bearing on the formation of Modern Greek identity

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


National identity is linked to the collective cultural identity and shared memories of an ethnic community (Benedict Anderson, 2006) . Nations are formed around communities that share a common religion, language, and set of customs, and are strengthened by the creation of a national history that focuses on the accomplishments of the community’s heroes, inventors, scientists, artists, writers, and philosophers, but also on a common historical experience even when that experience involves being oppressed and persecuted. In Greece, the most important example of this type involves the nation’s persecution at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. The presentation discusses how the Greek revolution has underpinned the formation of Modern Greek identity, as it can be realized through a nationalized school system and the mass publication of books. Displaying national symbols such as flags, traditional clothing, monuments, images of the nation’s past, and the celebration of national and religious days can also reinforce the formation of the Modern Greek identity.
Period13 Jun 2021
Held atSt Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, Australia
Degree of RecognitionNational