Περί "Ενώσες" ο διά-λογος
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07.12.17

Από τον αγαπητό φίλο και κάτοικο του χωριού μας Simon Baddeley λάβαμε και δημοσιεύουμε το παρακάτω σημείωμα-σχόλιο στην περί "Ενώσεως" αρθρογραφία του έτερου εκλεκτού συγχωριανού μας Γιάννη Κούρκουλου (θα προσπαθήσουμε να έχουμε και μία μετάφρασή του στα ελληνικά):

"I read that Giannis Kourkoulos has again submitted arguments, on the Ano Korakiana website, exploring the attitudes of the villagers of Kinopiastes and Ano Korakiana to the union of the Ionian Islands with Greece in the 1860s. 

 http://www.korakiana.gr/index2.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2232&pop=1&page=0&Itemid=1

As a foreigner, and a British citizen, I am deeply hesitant to challenge Mr Kourkoulos’ dismissal of the idea that there was, in these villages and elsewhere in the Ionian Islands, resistance to ‘enosis’ on the terms encouraged by the British Government, which included British politicians more eager to deal with a more malleable Greek Government in Athens, than the ‘troublesome’ Ionians, especially as Corfu was, with the arrival of steamships, of less strategic importance to Britain.

 The fact remains that, after ‘enosis’, the villages of Ano Korakiana and Kinopiastes would not celebrate the famous anniversary - 21 May 1864 - when the Ionian Islands officially reunited with Mother Greece. I know that the Philharmonia Band of AK does now celebrate the anniversary of ‘enosis’, possibly because maintaining that original opposition which was not pro-British, now seems outdated. Is this the same for Kinopiastes?

 A century and a half later, neighbours in Ano Korakiana, and friends in Kinopiastes, have, on several occasions, confirmed the position of their villages in relation to ‘enosis', describing with the persistence of those old opinions into the next millennium. 

 I accept Mr Kourkoulos' contention that in times when Corfu's villages were characterised by strong distinctions of class and wealth, the matter of what or was not a ‘village’ position on ‘enosis’ was in the hands of the most powerful figures in the community. In other words villagers might hold polarised views on ‘enosis’, but only the views of the most influential villagers would be publicly expressed. 

 I do not take a political position on this matter. It is none of my business. I do think it is important to seek historical accuracy. I do not think that Mr Kourkoulos essay represents a convincing refutation of my understanding of the positions of the two villages in question. I think he verges on being impolite in suggesting that the version of history that I and others maintain (subject to rebuttal by historical research), is no more than ‘gossip' and ‘rumour'. In this suggestion, he remains fellow Corfiots, far more than !.

I apologise for my impoliteness in being unable to write this in Greek. I am also sorry that the village blog entry of 22 November 2017 (link above) does not seem to have a link for adding a comment, as do other pages of the excellent blog, as I would have posted my reply there. I am happy for you to insert my reply on the blog, with the greatest respect to Mr Kourkoulos.

Simon
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