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Networks of Power in Modern Greece

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Networks of Power in Modern Greece provides exciting new perspectives on Greek history and society. The collection presents pioneering work on the Greek merchant marine and the role of women in the Greek War of Independence. Local perspectives transform common assumptions regarding the function of miracle-working shrines and the place of religion in the early nineteenth century. Essays show how clientilistic networks linked the nationalist heroes of the Macedonian Struggle to the anticommunism of the Civil War, ...
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Overview


Networks of Power in Modern Greece provides exciting new perspectives on Greek history and society. The collection presents pioneering work on the Greek merchant marine and the role of women in the Greek War of Independence. Local perspectives transform common assumptions regarding the function of miracle-working shrines and the place of religion in the early nineteenth century. Essays show how clientilistic networks linked the nationalist heroes of the Macedonian Struggle to the anticommunism of the Civil War, analyze the populist radicalism of Andreas Papandreou, a figure who dominated Greek politics in the final decades of the Cold War, and emphasize the ambiguities of a "modern Greece."

Additional chapters by leading anthropologists, such as Renée Hirschon, Roger Just, and Juliet Du Boulay, apply an ethnographic approach toward the understanding of social institutions and practices, from divorce to sacred foodstuffs. Written in honor of the classical historian John Campbell, the multidisciplinary essays challenge conventional ideas of Greek nationalism and social development and touch upon broader issues, including the emergence of nation-states, the relationship between familial and ideological conflict, and the continued relevance of religion in modern life.

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"Composed of eminent scholars, Networks of Power in Modern Greece is a valuable and diverse collection and an important contribution to the anthropology and history of Greece."--David Henry Close, Flinders University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199326860
  • Publisher: An Oxford University Press Publication
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Mazower is Professor of History at Columbia University, New York.

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Table of Contents

Ottoman State Policy in Mediterranean Trade and Shipping, c.1780-c.1820: The Rise of the Greek-Owned Ottoman Merchant Fleet
Gelina Harlaftis and Sophia Laiou

Women in the Greek War of Independence
Helen Angelomatis-Tsougarakis

Villagers, Notables and Imperial Collapse: the Virgin Mary on Tinos in the 1820s
Mark Mazower

Dreaming of Buried Icons in the Kingdom of Greece
Charles Stewart

Bonds Made Power: Clientelism, Nationalism and Party Strategies in Greek Macedonia (1900-1950)
Basil C. Gounaris

"'Modern Greece": An Old Debate
John Koliopoulos

Andreas Papandreou: Radical without a Cause
Thanos Veremis

The Ethnographer as Theorist: John Campbell and the Power of Detail
Michael Herzfeld

Marital Failures: Glimpsing the Margins of Marriage in Greece
Roger Just

Presents, Promises and Punctuality: Accountability and Obligation in Greek Social Life
Renée Hirschon

Bread and Sheep: A Comparative Study of Sacred Meanings among the Ambeliots and the Sarakatsani
Juliet Du Boulay

Sarakatsani Reflections on the Brazilian Devil
João de Pina Cabral

John Campbell
Michael Llewellyn Smith

Autumnal Refrain
Haris Vlavianos

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