Formal and Informal Education during the Rise of Greek Nationalism: Learning to be Greek

Formal and Informal Education during the Rise of Greek Nationalism: Learning to be Greek

by Theodore G. Zervas

Hardcover(1st ed. 2017)

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This book examines informal modes of learning in Greece from in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, set against the backdrop of Greek nationalist interests and agendas. For much of this period, one of the Greek state’s major goals was to bind the nation around a common history and culture, linked to a collective and homogenous community. This study addresses the critical relationship between the average Greek child and their home, community, and school life during the earliest stages of their education. The stories, games, songs, and theater that children learned in Greece for much of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries went beyond shaping their moral character or providing entertainment, but were instrumental in forging a Greek national consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137484147
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 12/09/2016
Edition description: 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Theodore G. Zervas is Associate Professor of Education at North Park University, USA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Family, Community, and Childhood in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Greece
Chapter 3. The School and the Textbook
Chapter 4. Greek Children’s Literature
Chapter 5. Learning Informally Through Story, Song, and Children’s Shadow Theater
Chapter 6. Lives of Informal Learning
Chapter 7. Conclusion

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“This most welcome volume traces the history of education in Greece during the age of romantic nationalism. Education was central in the Greek nation-building process. By placing the case of Greece into a broader comparative context, the book marks an important intervention into the history of education as a whole.” (Thomas W. Gallant, Nicholas Family Endowed Chair and Professor of Modern Greek History & Archaeology, University of California, San Diego, USA, and Social Sciences Editor, Journal of Modern Greek Studies)

“How do children become members of a nation? Most of our answers have focused upon the school, where the modern nation-state socializes its new citizens. But a host of informal institutions--families, folklore, theater, and more--have also played significant roles in in the process, as Zervas reminds us. Educating the nation's young was never just about schools, so scholars of education--and of nationalism--need to look beyond them.” (Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of History of Education, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

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