Hellenic Diaspora and Benefaction II (Spring Semester)

 A course that deals with the “Cotton Route”. This route connects the industrial dominant rural Europe to the colonized Middle East, through networks and mechanisms where Egyptian Greeks were the crucial link in a chain of interdependencies, interactions, contradictions, conflicts and tragedies which characterize the global economic, political and ideological platform in its historical development. At the same time, ideas and cultures that characterize the leaders of the cotton route, shaped and supported a decisive element for cultural, social and institutional settings of modern Hellenism: the ideology and practice of benefaction.The institutional setting, social and economic activity of the Greeks in Egypt, formed a special identity with the emergence of bourgeois ideology benefaction, enabling individuals to take action for ‘collective’ projects.