Xenocracy : State, Class, and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864 Hardback
by Sakis Gekas
Of the many European territorial reconfigurations to result from the Congress of Vienna, the Ionian State remains among the least understood.
Xenocracy offers a much-needed account of the region during the ensuing half-century of oversight by Great Britain-a period that embodied all of the contradictions of British imperial expansion.
Administrators deliberately pursued liberal reforms and fostered the growth of a middle class that was instrumental in building the colonial state.
However, Ionian finances deteriorated and fissures appeared along class lines, presenting a significant threat to social stability.
As author Sakis Gekas shows, the ordeal fueled an ambivalence toward Western Europe, anticipating the "neocolonial" condition with which the Greek nation struggles even today.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 380 pages
- Publisher: Berghahn Books
- Publication Date: 20/12/2016
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781785332616
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