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Ours Once More

Folklore, Ideology, and the Making of Modern Greece

Michael Herzfeld
Epilogue by Sharon Macdonald

254 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-732-3 $149.00/£110.00 / Hb / Published (June 2020)

ISBN  978-1-78920-722-4 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (June 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-723-1 eBook


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“This is a useful and worthy addition to the all too meager scholarly literature on the subject.” • The American Historical Review

“…a specially valuable contribution to the study of ethnographic theory…because it engenders discussion of the relationship of social science discourse to its subjects.” • Anthropological Quarterly

Ours Once More is pleasantly written, and it comes highly recommended to anyone generally interested in the nineteenth- century emergence of the Greek nation.” • Folklore

“Herzfeld’s book, as he states himself, is essentially ‘an anthropology of anthropologists’; but, in my opinion, its importance is much greater than any study of a group of mere academics and intellectuals.” • Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford (JASO)

“It is an important contribution to intellectual history in that it deals with the prevailing ideas at a given time, places them in wider context and shows their consequences in the formation of the Greek state.” • Journal of Modern Greek Studies


When this work – one that contributes to both the history and anthropology fields – first appeared in 1982, it was hailed as a landmark study of the role of folklore in nation-building. It has since been highly influential in reshaping the analysis of Greek and European cultural dynamics.  In this expanded edition, a new introduction by the author and an epilogue by Sharon Macdonald document its importance for the emergence of serious anthropological interest in European culture and society and for current debates about Greece’s often contested place in the complex politics of the European Union.

Michael Herzfeld is Ernest E. Monrad Research Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He is the author of eleven books, the most recent of which was Siege of the Spirits: Community and Polity in Bangkok (2016, University of Chicago Press). He is a former president of the Modern Greek Studies Association and of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe.

Subject: Anthropology (General)History (General)
Area: Southern Europe


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