History Department - Courses


Teaching Staff: Tzakis Dionysios
Course Code: ΙΝΕ103
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: In the classroom
Semester: 3

Short Description:

The course focuses in the correlation between Greek War of Independence, the historical appearance of national movements and the outbreak of modern revolutions in Europe and America, during the “age of Revolutions”. Within this context, the lectures discuss the ideology of the secret revolutionary society ‘Philiki Etairia’, its organization and hierarchies, the social origin of its members, the growth and geographical expansion of its networks, the preparation and the outbreak of the War. We also focus in the main military and political events of the period in association with the deconstruction of traditional hierarchies, the restructure of social relations and the formation of modern states institutions. From this perspective, the Revolution of 1821 functions as a catalyst to the passage of Greek society from Tradition to Modernity.

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the semester students will be able to identify, describe and analyze:

  • The Greek War of Independence in the context of national revolutionary movements in Post-Napoleonic era.
  • The organizational, ideological and social features of Philiki Etairia.
  • The main political, ideological and social processes during the revolutionary years in regard to military enterprises and diplomacy.



Week #1: Introduction.

Week #2: The Greek National Movement.

Week #3: Philiki Etairia I: ideological and social features.

Week #4: Philiki Etairia II: structure, networks and preparations.

Week #5: The War: military structures and social mobility.

Week #6: Local and regional administrative authorities.

Week #7: National Assemblies and constitution-making.

Week #8: Central government and modern state institutions.

Week #9: Political rivalries and civil wars.

Week #10: The Governance of I. Kapodistrias.

Week #11: Greek Revolution as a ‘European’ Event I: Philhellenism.

Week #12: Greek Revolution as a ‘European’ Event II: Diplomacy.

Week #13: Conclusions.

Suggested Bibliography:
  • Π. Πιζάνιας, Η Ελληνική Επανάσταση του 1821. Ένα ευρωπαϊκό γεγονός, Αθήνα: Κέδρος 2009.
  • Ν. Ροτζώκος, Επανάσταση και Εμφύλιος στο Εικοσιένα, Αθήνα: Ηρόδοτος 2015.

Teaching Methods:

The lectures are conducted in classroom (direct instructions) with the help of PowerPoint and are supported by printed and electronic material, as well as by e-class platform (asynchronous e-learning).

Evaluation Methods:

Written examination.

Academic Calendar 2019-2020
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