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GREEK? REVOLUTION?

HISTORIOGRAPHICAL INSCRIPTIONS OF A HISTORICAL EVENT

Etudes balkaniques (Sofia) 2021 N 4

Maria Todorova
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Abstract: This article is taking account of the different historiographical frameworks in which the 1821 Greek Revolution has (or not) found its place. The clusters identified reflect the ways in which Greek history and by extension the Greek Revolution, itself a function of the overall reception of Greek history, are globalized. They show their prevalence in some rubrics and relative absence in others, depending on the epoch. Among the rubrics, foremost is the question whether, when and by whom the events of 1821 were represented as a revolution and why some historiographical traditions withhold this characterization. Other clusters, analyzed comparatively and in the context of modernity, are nationalism studies, international relations, especially the Eastern Question, the issue of violence, as well as women studies. Finally, addressed is the issue why the Greek Revolution, without doubt global in its imagination, connections and ramifications, is sorely missing from the big narratives of world history.

Keywords: Revolution, Greece, Balkans, Global History, Historiography