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GCM Seminar: 1821 Birth of a Nation State




Professor Thanos Veremis will give an online lecture entitled 1821 Birth of a Nation State, on Thursday 15 April 2021, at 7.00pm, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne. 

The Greek war of independence belongs to the same tradition as those of the American and the French revolutions. It was fought by Greek Christians against Ottoman Muslims. Furthermore, the Greek diaspora in Europe and Russia played a vital role.

On the Greek site there were manly warlords and primates competing among themselves in a pre-modern segmented society. The war attracted philhellene friends of the revolution and romantic Europeans who admired the heritage of Greek antiquity.  

The Reception of Lord Byron at Missolonghi, by Theodoros Vryzakis, 1861 / National Gallery of Greece.

Thanos Veremis (D. Phil, Oxon) is Professor Emeritus of Political history at the University of Athens, Department of European and International Studies and Founding Member of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). 

He has been Research Associate, at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London 1978-79; Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard Univ. 1983; Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton Univ. 1987;  Visiting Fellow, St. Antony’s College, Oxford 1993-94; Constantine Karamanlis Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford Massachusetts (2000-2003); and more recently President of the National Council of Education, 2004-2010. 

Publications include: The Military in Greek Politics, London: Hurst & Co (1997); with Mark Dragoumis, Greece, World Bibliographical Series, vol.17, Oxford: Clio Press (1998); with John Koliopoulos, Greece. The Modern Sequel, London: Hurst & Co, (2002) with John Koliopoulos, Modern Greece: A History since 1821, Wiley- Blackwell (2010), Eleftherios Venizelos: A Biography, Pella Publishers (2011), A Modern History of the Balkans. Nationalistm and Identity in Southeast, Europe, I.B.Tauris, 2017.

When: Thursday 15 April 2021, 7.00pm 

How: Zoom, FB, Youtube 

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