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From Greek-Orthodox Diaspora To Transnational Hellenism: Greek Nationalism And The Identities Of The Diaspora

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For the purposes of the discussion in this chapter and in order to chart a middle course between the traps of modernism and primordialism and hence to address successfully the relationship between diaspora and nationalism it is further necessary to draw a distinction between the existence of diasporas in the era of multinational empires and the new transnational national communities that have emerged in the modern world of nation-states. The chapter argues that the historical trajectory of the Greek- Orthodox diaspora provides an example of a population that gradually moved from a pre-modern confessional identity and/or a hybrid Greco-Ottoman identity toward that of transnational Hellenism. It also analyse the qualitative shift in nineteenth-century diasporic identity. The chapter provide a presentation and summary of the demographic trends in the course of the twentieth century; and analyse the consolidation and future prospects of twenty first-century transnational Hellenism.

Keywords: Greek nationalism; Greek- Orthodox diaspora; transnational Hellenism



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