1821: Revolt & Revolution

Lecture Series

Presented by Dr Con Allimonos

As part of the city-wide events commemorating the 200-year anniversary of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1832), the Hellenic Museum will be hosting a series of weekly lectures presented by Con Allimonos. 

Bookings are essential

Entry to the museum is included with the tickets. 

Dates: March 27, April 3, 10, 17 & 24

Time: 11am - 12pm

Location: Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne 3000.

Tickets: $10 per lecture


Saturday 27 March

From revolt to revolution to the creation of the Kingdom of Greece

The presentation outlines the events, prompted by the 'Revolution of 1821', that led to the creation of the Kingdom of Greece in 1830. It examines the factors that led to Greek armed opposition against the Ottoman presence in the Greek peninsula and explores the various triggers for the '1821' revolt. It looks closely at the domestic situation on the ground and asks how a regionally fragmented Greek opposition was able to oppose the Ottomans at a time when certain Great European powers were reluctant to see the demise of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans In short, the presentation poses the question: was the '1821 revolution' a revolution with a clear vision from its declaration or a revolt that turned into a revolution which eventually led to the overthrow of the Ottomans with the intervention of the Great European powers. 

Saturday 3 April

Romanticising the Past? The Greek State during the 19th and 20th centuries

It is often said that history is written by the winners. In the case of Greece, it could be argued that history-writing was highly influenced by romanticised histories constructed by nineteenth-century professional and amateur historians and writers.  How did these writers shape our notion of modern Greek history, our notions of the ‘other’, the Turks,  ‘1821’ and other themes?  How have their writings shaped the Greek school history books over the decades and what trends in history-writing have emerged in Greece after the fall of the Junta in 1974? These and other topics will the focus of this thought-provoking presentation. 

Saturday 10 April 

Greece's Wars for 'Independence'

The creation of the Kingdom of Greece was merely the first phase in the establishment of Greece's current borders; a process that began in 1821 and concluded in 1947. This presentation examines the Wars for ‘Independence’ that followed ‘1821’ and discusses why and how certain former Ottoman (and Italian) regions were incorporated into the Greek State and others not. Most of the focus of the presentation will be on northern Greece during the first quarter of the twentieth century. The 200 years anniversary celebration provides us with an opportunity to re-evaluate this phase in modern Greek history and to ask, what was the final impact of Greece’s Wars of ‘Independence’?

Saturday 17 April 

Historical markers that shaped Greek society from 1821 to 2021

The ‘Revolution of 1821’ was arguably the most significant event to impact the Greek peninsula in the nineteenth century, leading to the establishment of a Greek State and the incorporation of new lands.  However, approximately 100 years after this event, the Greeks would once more be shaken by another event, which on this occasion, would lead to disaster and to the cessation of any further ‘revolutions’.  This presentation examines the Minor Asia disaster of 1921 and the seeds that it lay which led to another disaster, the Greek Civil War; an event that has become a major focus in Greece-based historiography since the 1980s. Within the presentation, we also look at its demographic impact and the departure of Greece’s youngest and bravest to other lands.

Saturday 24 April

The 'other' in the development of the history of the Greek State

Prior to the creation of the Kingdom of Greece, the Hellenic world in the Eastern Mediterranean was comprised of many centres and peripheries. Unlike today, Athens was not the major centre of Hellenism. What was the impact of the 'Revolution of 1821' on those many centres of Hellenism that eventually remained outside the final borders of the Greek State? Were these 'other' Hellenes still part of a lost homeland or simply peripheries in post-Ottoman states? At the same time, this presentation examines those 'others' who, due to their language, culture, regonal differences, were incorporated with the Greek State but, for various reasons, felt detached from the central Greek State. Were and are these Greek citizens 'ethnic' cohorts or linguistic and religious entities? This presentation examines the 'Slavophones' of northern Greece and Australia as a case study. 

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Dr Con Allimonos has taught and lectured in both secondary and tertiary education, holding a position at La Trobe University in the School of Historical and European Studies. His most recent roles have been in policy advisement. 

Con's interest and focus is on modern Greek history, both in Greece and Australia, alongside broader political history. He has presented at various conferences and written on these topics extensively.