Sakis Gekas, Xenocracy: State, Class and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands, 1815–1864

Published: Αυγ 21, 2018
Ionian Islands colonialism Greece
Konstantina Zanou

Review of Sakis Gekas, Xenocracy: State, Class and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands, 1815–1864. New York/Oxford: Berghahn, 2017. 380 pp.

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Konstantina Zanou, Columbia University
Konstantina Zanou (PhD, Università di Pisa and European Doctorate from the École Normale Superieure, Paris) is Assistant Professor of Italian, specializing in Mediterranean Studies, in the Department of Italian, Columbia University. She previously held visiting positions at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus; New York University; Queen Mary University of London; and Université Paris-Est Créteil. She is a historian of the long-19th century Mediterranean in a global context. Her research focuses on issues of intellectual and literary history (Enlightenment, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Philhellenism, Liberalism, Nationalism), biography and microhistory, with a special emphasis on Italy (the Risorgimento), the Venetian Republic, the Ottoman world, Greece, the Ionian Islands, and Russia. She is also a student of modern diasporas and of the trajectories and ideas of people on the move. Her publications include a co-edited volume on "Mediterranean Diasporas: Politics and Ideas in the Long Nineteenth Century" (Bloomsbury 2016) and several articles on expatriate intellectuals and national consciousness in the post-Venetian Adriatic. Her book "Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850: Stammering the Nation" is forthcoming with Oxford University Press (November 2018).
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