National Histories, Natural States: Nationalism and the Politics of Place in Greece

National Histories, Natural States: Nationalism and the Politics of Place in Greece

by Robert Shannan Peckham


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Recent conflicts in southeast Europe have drawn attention to the close relationship between place and national identity. Robert Shannan Peckham here explores the conscious linkage between identity and homeland as this was articulated in 19th- and early 20th-century Greece, a period important to the understanding of the present Balkan crisis. He demonstrates how territory was appropriated through a range of social practices and institutional activities: writing fiction, identifying folklore, sponsoring archaeology, studying geography and cartography. The particularities of place, Peckham argues, were construed both as underpinning a territorial expansion and as a resistance to the homogenizing drive of a state-sponsored nationalism. This book makes an innovative theoretical contribution to the debate on nationalism and nationhood and suggests new ways of thinking about geography and cultural politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350180147
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/17/2020
Series: Geographers
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Robert Shannan Peckham is Democracy 2500 Fellow in Aegean Studies at St Peter's College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

Mapping the Nation: Language, Geography, and the New Ethnography
• Cultural Landscapes and the Formation of the Greek State
• Frontier Fictions
• Folklores of Modernity
• Local Knowledge, National History
• Islands Apart: Rural Fictions
• Life Underground: Archaeology and the Recovery of the Present
• Map Mania
• Nationalism and the Location of Culture

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