Greek State in the 19th Century Print Media


  • Medea Abulashvili


The 19th century Georgian print media present unique, so far unexamined materials and may be of remarkable interest for researchers thanks to the following: a.Georgian print journalism originated shortly after the European; b. It was distinguished by broad coverage, readability and relevance of issues covered; c. It provides interesting evidence for the history of journalism as well as for world history; d. It cites reputed foreign periodicals, thereby reflecting the perspectives of its contemporary international print media. This paper aims to reveal how and to what extent the 19th century Greece was reflected in the Georgian print media. The question deserves close attention as even against the marvelous millennial history, 19th century Greek political life attracts attention by its dynamic character: The Greek uprising and the liberation from a four hundred year yoke, the accompanying struggle for territories and the related processes, attempts to address problems, formation of a new national discourse, national self-identification and so on. It is interesting to find out how print media in Russian Tsarism-dominated Georgia responded to it, to what extent the Georgian reader was informed about the events unfolding on the territory of its historical partner and how the Georgian population evaluated these events, whether Georgian journalists were biased or objective and how they obtained material. No less important is to scrutinize the 19th century coverage of events from modern journalistic and historical perspectives.