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The Greek Revolution



The Greek Revolution


December 2021


The eminent British historian recreates here one of the most dense and significant decades of modern Greek and European history: when the people of villages, mountains and plains in the Greek regions of the Ottoman Empire revolted in 1821 against the mighty forces of the sultan. Against all odds, and despite the terrible retaliation they suffered, as well as the relentless civil strife, they kept the revolution alive, until the military intervention of the Great Powers finally allowed the establishment of a new nation-state. The book offers a fascinating panorama of this story, putting us in the minds, hearts and actions of the protagonists, but also in the revealing experiences of many. Thus we see with a new eye the revolutionary plans of the conspirators of the Philiki Etaireia, the demonic guerrilla warfare of the chieftains and the achievements of the fireship captains, the contributions, the dilemmas and the oscillations of the armatoles and klepths, the notables, the practical support of philhellenes and volunteers, the agony of besieged cities, the tragedy of defenceless women and children. It thus becomes clear how catalytic the 1821 Revolution was in modern Greek history, determining the political composition of modern Greece; how central it was in shaping international trends such as romanticism, nationalism or republicanism; between the iron imperatives of the Holy Alliance, the unprecedented dynamics of international solidarity and the faith, dreams and actions of a people who struggled, often at great cost, to “create the Romaiko”.

(Edited and translated blurb from publisher’s website)

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Μετάφραση στα ελληνικά του βιβλίου του Mark Mazower "The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe" (2021, Allen Lane)

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