First published in 1997, Carabott creates a volume exploring the struggle between the forces of modernity and those who resisted and denied it, providing the underlying theme of this volume. Using a wide array of sources, and drawing parallels with processes elsewhere in Europe, the contributors focus on such topics as secularization and the church, education and irredentism, shifts in the language of political contention, the feminist awareness in prose. Historical writing on Greece in this era has tended to concentrate on facts and on the roles of individuals and foreign powers. The papers here, which derive from research presented to a conference at King’s College London in 1995, aim rather to look at the potency of social forces and groupings, and offer a critical and often revisionist account of the fundamental changes in society that marked the period from the 1860s to the start of the present century.
Table of Contents
1. Class Structure and Latent Class Antagonism in Late Nineteenth Century Greece. Christos Hadziiossif. 2. Social Solidarity on the Periphery of the Greek Kingdom: The Case of the Worker’s Fraternity of Corfu. Grigoris Psallidas. 3. ‘All for One and One for All’: Anarchists, Socialists and Demotricists in the Labour Centre of Volos (1908 – 1911). Lito Apostolakou. 4. Ioannis A. Valaorities: The Life of a Typical Greek Nineteenth Century Bourgeois? Helen Gardikas Katsiadakis. 5. The Excavations at Olympia, 1868 – 1881: An Episode in Greco-German Cultural Relations. Suzanne Marchand. 6. The Nation of the Individual: Social Aspects of Life and Death in Greece (1896 – 1911). George Margaritis. 7. Social Gatherings and Macedonian Lobbying: Symbols of Irredentism and Living Legends in Early Twentieth-Century Athens. Basil C. Gounaris. 8. Literacy and Unredeemed Peasants: Late Ninteenth- Century Rural Crete Faces Education. Kallia Kalliataki Merticopoulou. 9. Illusions and Realities at the End if the Nineteenth Century; An Attempt to Construct a Railway Line on the Island of Syros. Christos Loukos. 10. Voluntary Associations and New Forms of Sociability: Greek Sports Clubs at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century. Christina Koulouri. 11. Feminist Awareness and Greek Women Writers at the Turn of the Century: The Case of Kallirroe Parren and Alexandra Papadopoulou. Maria Anastaspoulou. 12. Secularization and the Greek Orthodox Church in the Reign of King George I. Vasilios N. Makrides. 13. The Changing Language of Political Contention in the Era of King George I. Katerina Gardikas Alexander. 14. Regularization and Resistance: Urban Transformation in the Late Nineteenth Century Greece.
'This...collection represents a very welcome contribution to the historiography of modern Greek history generally and to our understanding of the period of the reign of King George I specifically.' Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Volume 17