Re-reading the Greek Revolution

Apr 5, 2013

An open discussion on the celebration of March 25th, Greek Independence Day...

Turkish galleons

The Greek Revolution of 1821 was an event of crucial political importance for Greek populations all over the world, the geopolitical inversion and ideological mobilization of Europe. The victory of Greeks depended on their rather small powers and political strategy. On the home front, they fought and formed institutions of representation based on the principles of European Enlightenment. In Europe, they drew international attention to the Greek struggle initially through Philhellenism and later on through diplomacy. The Greek revolutionary leaders greatly exploited preexisting geopolitical contrasts between European states and intensified them, forming on this basis, Greece’s international alliances. However, the really big differences of power between the Greeks and Ottomans were an Achilles’ heel for the revolutionaries, and thus important determining factors of the revolutions’ outcome.

Speaking at the event will be:

  • Ehdem Eldem (Professor of Ottoman History, Boğaziçi University)
  • Sophia Laiou (Associate Professor of Ottoman History, Department of History, Ionian University)
  • Petros Pizanias (Professor of Modern Greek History, Director of the postgraduate program “Historical Research, Teaching and New Technologies”, Ionian University)

Co-ordinator: Nikolaos Karapidakis (Professor, Department of History, Ionian University)

The event is the first of a series of open discussions on matters of national awareness.

Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Due to high demand, we suggest you attend at least 15 minutes prior to the event.


Organizer Hellenic American Union
Venue Hellenic American Union Theater
Start Date 05/04/2013
End Date 05/04/2013
Starting Time 18:00
Type Talk - Presentation
Participants Ehdem Eldem,Sophia Laiou,Petros Pizanias,Nikolaos Karapidakis
Languages: EL, EN
Interpretation Provided: No
Registration Required: No
Reservation Required: No
Admission Fee Admission is free
Last Update At: 2013/04/08 - 16:01:51



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