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
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pro-British, now seems outdated.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
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.
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