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Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850Stammering the Nation$
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Konstantina Zanou

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788706

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788706.001.0001

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Diasporic Lives across Empires and Nations

Diasporic Lives across Empires and Nations

(p.83) 5 Diasporic Lives across Empires and Nations
Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850

Konstantina Zanou

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 explores Ioannis Kapodistrias’s life (1776–1831) in conjunction with a set of other biographies, devoted to his friends and collaborators in the Ionian Islands and Russia during the first three decades of the nineteenth century. It explores Kapodistrias’s efforts to learn Greek and Hellenize himself in Russia, his connections to the Ottoman Phanariot environment of St Petersburg, and his meteoric rise in the diplomatic service of the Tsar. The chapter’s aim is to unravel a particular intellectual geography that was formed between Italy, the Ionian Islands, the Ottoman Danubian Principalities, and Russia, and to show the forms of nationalism and proto-liberalism that were fostered, and which creatively combined the empire and the nation. Small nations, for these Ionian proto-liberals, could exist only if protected by great empires.

Keywords:   Russian Empire, Ottoman Danubian Principalities, Ioannis Kapodistrias, Phanariots, Alexandre Stourdza, Roxandra Stourdza, Spyridon Destunis, imperial nationalism, Ugo Foscolo

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