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Title: The Greek Kingdom in British public debate
Author: Hionidis, Pandeleimon Lazarou.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3578 9994
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2002
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This study examines British comments on the independent Greek state from the dynastic change in 1862 to the annexation of Thessaly and the Arta region of Epirus in 1881. Its aims are to pinpoint and construe elements of continuity and change in the image of modem Greece in Victorian Britain and to interpret individual and collective expressions of sympathy with and criticism of the Greek kingdom or the Greek `race'. This study argues that British images of Greek modernity were firmly based on contemporary notions of `civilization' and `national prosperity', although allusions to classical antiquity and the Byronic tradition occasionally filtered into the debate. Moreover, from the late 1860s onwards, the gradual application of racial argumentation to the discussion of the Greek case, in terms of an inquiry into the descent of the modem Greeks and the association of essential and stable traits of character with members of the Greek `race', confirmed rather than altered the existing body of British assumptions about the Greek kingdom and crystallized them into a definite diagnosis of Greek modernity. This study concludes that in the period 1862- 1881 British philhellenism, that is, interest in the affairs of modem Greece and the advocacy of the `Greek cause', should be accounted for mainly within the framework of liberal concern for freedom and, consequently, in the context of British interest in continental nationalities, without, however, overlooking the links between religious and especially scholarly affiliations and the championship of the Greek cause. After an introductory chapter, which covers the formative years of Otho's reign focusing on the sources of information on Greece and their lasting impact on British understanding of that country, the argument developed in this thesis is based on a detailede xaminationo f five episodesT. hesea re the overthrowo f King Otho and the cession of the Ionian Islands to Greece (1862-1864), the Cretan insurrection (1866- 1869), the `Dilessi murders' incident (1870), the Eastern crisis (1875-1878), and the final settlement of the Greek question (1879-1881). These illustrate, in contrasting and complementary ways, the major facets of the relationship between the Greek kingdom and the formation of opinion in Victorian Britain.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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