History Department - Courses


Teaching Staff: Tzakis Dionysios
Course Code: ΙΝΕ301
Course Type: Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: In the classroom
Semester: 7

Short Description:

The course deals with the main political, social and ideological developments that characterized the first decades of Greece as an independent state, from 1833 to 1862, a period marked by the reign of King Otto. During the lectures we focus on the construction of modern political institutions (regular army, centralized state apparatus, provincial administration, autocephalous of Greek Church e.a.), as well as on the forms and the social basis of resistance to modernization policies. Within this context, the formation of political forces, the fall of absolutism and the establishment of constitutional monarchy (1843-1844), the make-up of national state-ideology (‘Megali Idea’ /Great Idea), the irredentist policy of the Greek state and the Great Powers’ interventions to the internal and foreign affairs of Greek Kingdom, are the main topics of our discussion.

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

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

  1.  State formation during Otto’s reign.
  2.  The reactions against institutional modernization.
  3.  The shift from absolutism to parliamentarianism.
  4.  The first parties (origins, ideologies, organization and politics).
  5. The emergence of Great Idea and the beginnings of Greek irredentism.


Week #1: Introduction.

Week #2: ‘Model Kingdom’ and the legacy of Greek Revolution of 1821.

Week #3: The Regency and its objective.

Week #4: Institutional modernization I: army, administration.

Week #5: Institutional modernization II: Justice, Education and Church.

Week #6: Reaction to modernisation.

Week #7: Questioning absolute monarchy.

Week #8: The National Assembly (1843-1844).

Week #9: Parties: main features and politics.

Week #10: The governance of Kolettis.

Week #11: Great Idea and state irredentism.

Week #12: Great Powers’ intervention to Greek affairs.

Week #13: Conclusion.


Suggested Bibliography:
  1. Στ. Παπαγεωργίου, Από το Γένος στο Έθνος. Η θεμελίωση του ελληνικού κράτους, 1821-1862, Αθήνα: Παπαζήση 2004.
  2. Ιστορία του Ελληνικού Έθνους, τ. ΙΓ΄, Αθήνα: Εκδοτική Αθηνών 2000.

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.

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