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Greek revolution and public economy (1821-1832): The establishment of the Greek national state



Greek revolution and public economy (1821-1832): The establishment of the Greek national state


December 2020


Contrary to what one might expect, 200 years after the Greek Revolution, the bibliographic collection on the public economy is still thin, even though, in the memoirs of the fighters of 1821, the economy was already integrated into their concerns.

In this book, budgets, protocols, accounting, balance sheets, annuities, special and general expenses and revenues of the central administration, etc., are collected, recorded and examined for the first time in detail and systematically, through detailed tables that lead to a thorough understanding of the finances of the struggle, as well as in new interpretations of the way the new national state was formed. The starting point is the institutionalization of financial management that took place at the First National Assembly of 1822, when the unified national political centre began to be established institutionally and data of a fiscal nature and content was recorded. Thus, from the first revolutionary years, economic elements of the central fiscal institutions were identified and gathered, while at the same time the trends of reorganisation and diversification in this sphere (national treasury/national bank) were examined, as modern, for the conditions of the time, fiscal and administrative practices.

In this context, the conflicts of the national administration for the full control of resources, the direction of the armed campaign and the decisive reason in every decision based on the newly established principle of law are under the revolution also presented. After all, this strategy soon became the focus of conflicts, open rifts from the end of 1823 and civil conflicts in 1824, while the London loans (1824-1825) were of decisive importance. The latter will not only radically change the perceptions and practices of the formation of the armed forces – in addition to the notables and commanders, mercenary soldiers of a state under formation were now being created – but will also intensify the importance of the finances of the struggle.

(Edited and translated blurb from publisher’s website)

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Forming the Greek state: The finances of the struggle

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