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Women and Nationalism in the Making of Modern Greece

The Founding of the Kingdom to the Greco-Turkish War


Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: Nationalism and Its Gender Histories

  3. Gender and the Nation (1836–1869)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Demetra Tzanaki
      Pages 13-21
    3. Demetra Tzanaki
      Pages 22-33
    4. Demetra Tzanaki
      Pages 34-56
  4. The Emergence of a Female Consciousness: Women and the Nation (1869–1880)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Demetra Tzanaki
      Pages 59-64
    3. Demetra Tzanaki
      Pages 95-107
  5. Gender and the State (1880–1897)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Demetra Tzanaki
      Pages 111-121
    3. Demetra Tzanaki
      Pages 159-165
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 166-234

About this book


This pioneering book reveals how nationalism in Ninteenth-century Greece helped women to develop an alternative vision of female politics, history, and citizenship. Shedding new light on women's ideas and beliefs the author brings to life the story of the ideas that formed our societies and individual identities.


consciousness gender Greece history individual kingdom nation nationalism politics women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Hellenic Literary and Historical ArchiveAthensGreece

About the authors

DEMETRA TZANAKI studied political studies and Balkan history at the University of Athens, Greece, the University of London, UK and the University of Oxford, UK. She currently teaches at the University of Athens and is the author of The History of Roles and Attitudes in Nineteenth Century Greece.

Bibliographic information


'This is an unusually interesting and important book, which illuminates both our understanding of how modern nations have been built, and how women have tried to find new roles for themselves. Its value goes far beyond its specific Greek subject; it is a book for all nations and for men as well as women. It is the fruit of wide reading as well as a great deal of research into largely forgotten sources and it leaves the reader with a sense of wonder at the complexity of human aspirations and emotions.'

- Theodore Zeldin, President of the Oxford Muse Foundation

'Tzanaki's meticulous research and careful contextualization of her case in the wider European scholarship on gender, nationalism and the public sphere make this an exemplary study. This is a ground-breaking piece of research for South-East European history and will be read with profit much more widely.'

- Wendy Bracewell, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London