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Against fortresses and walls



Against fortresses and walls


21 October 2020


The story began with a society, which inspired and organised the Greek Revolution. It was a society of emigres, a company of merchants and officials, but of humble origin, and in those years the humble could not start a revolution. They entrusted it, therefore, to those who could start it, to expatriate aristocrats – the tsars of Russia, the princes of Constantinople, exiled and not – to the notables, to the high priests. Several of them shared the vision of a free homeland.

The revolution began awkwardly, as revolutions usually do. It attempted to acquire a state and power far from the homeland in order to defeat the oppressor. It planned ambitious strikes into the very capital of the enemy. Complicated, difficult moves that failed, closing the circle of the Philiki Etaireia and the visions of those who followed it.

Then, the cause of freedom was taken up by the notables and arch-priests of the Peloponnese, the ship-owners of the islands, the armatoles of Rumelia. To succeed, however, they needed their people. It couldn't have been done without them. They needed the many Greeks, those who hated the tyrant as much as their own misery, who did not read works of the Enlightenment, but within them was burning the common desire for freedom.

The people nourished the struggle with blood and pain. The free Greek state in which we live today was built on these materials. It did not become ideal, as many dreamed. But it was the homeland in which many could dream of better days.

The complex history of the Greek Revolution is dealt with in this book, shedding light on the background, and highlighting unknown heroes and hidden protagonists, through a long and excitingly told story.

(Edited and translated blurb from publisher’s website)

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