Publisher description for Dream nation : enlightenment, colonization, and the institution of modern Greece / Stathis Gourgouris.


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Counter This book offers a new analysis of nation formation by elaborating on the nation's dream-like hold over the modern social imagination. The author argues that the national fantasy lies at the core of the Enlightenment legacy, embodying its central paradox: the intertwining of anthropological universality with the primacy of a cultural ideal. Crucial to the operation of this paradox is the figure of Greece, the universal alibi and cultural predicate behind national-cultural consolidation throughout colonialist Europe. Examining crucial periods in the formation of the modern Greek state, Dream Nation attempts to write the history of a nation by delving into the intangibles of the collective imagination.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Nationalism Greece History, Greece History 19th century, Greece History 20th century, Enlightenment, National state, Philhellenism