Book on the Making of Modern Greece

The Making of Modern Greece, Nationalism, Romanticism, and the Uses of the Past (1797–1896), edited by Roderick Beaton and David Ricks, King’s College London, UK Ashgate, May 2009.  This book brings together the work of scholars from a variety of disciplines to explore the ‘making’ of Greece as a modern state, using current theoretical and historical thinking about nations and nationalism in the modern world.  It spans the period from 1797 – when Rigas Velestinlis published a constitution for an imaginary ‘Hellenic Republic’ – to the establishment of the modern Olympic Games, in Athens in 1896, an occasion which sealed with international approval the hard-won self-image of ‘Modern Greece’.