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Free Virtual Seminar: Did the Greek Revolution of 1821 really happen? Myths, counter-myths and historical knowledge.
Speaker: Vrasidas Karalis


The significance of the Greek Revolution of 1821 has never been questioned and all historiographical tradition persistently explores the realities around its impact of modern Greek nationhood. Recently a debate has erupted amongst historians about the contribution of the Revolution to the creation of the Greek state and nation.

Certain historians claim that it was the ultimate outcome of a long process starting with the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 and others suggest that it was due to the influence of the French Enlightenment and French revolution. The debate implies the underlying political conversation about the construction of the Greek nation and its historical identity.

The paper wants to address such vexing issues and attempts to propose a solution to questions of constructivism vis-à-vis historicism in the knowledge and interpretation of the past. The Greek revolution is the ultimate example and field of knowledge that could be used as a template to explore the perception of the history both as narrative and lived reality. The paper also discusses some rather overlooked interpretations of the Revolution with special emphasis on Arnold Toynbee.


Professor Vrasidas Karalis holds the Chair of Sir Nicholas Laurantos in Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies at the University of Sydney. He works in the area of Greek Cultural Studies since the Byzantine and Modern periods.

He has been the recipient of awards in translation and nominations for his critical work. He is awarded the Federation Medal of Australia in 2003. He is currently working on the work of the cinematographers George Miller and Theo Angelopoulos.

We thank Anastasia Sougleris for her kind donation.

We thank the following corporate sponsors:
Delphi Bank, Delphi Business Group, Symposiarch

Mar 4, 2021 07:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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