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The defense of liberated Greece, 1825-1827



The defense of liberated Greece, 1825-1827


20 October 2021


Four years after the outbreak of the Greek Revolution, Greece now existed as an independent political entity. It had institutions, it had a government, it had a body politic, it had laws and regulations. It also had a first form of international recognition and presence mainly through the foreign loans it contracted. It was definitely not a stable and well administered state. Disputes over political power divided the various components of powerful social groups that pre-existed or were created in the new situation. Civil wars powerfully reflected these violent rivalries.
At the same time, yesterday’s dynast was preparing his own counterattack. In Constantinople they mobilised all the possibilities of the Ottoman power, which gave the impression that it was stiffly coming out of a chronic lethargy. Two great military leaders, Kütahı and Ibrahim, would target the still unstable Greek freedom.
The crucial confrontation was reflected in the two great conflicts, the sieges of Messolongi and Athens. In the field of war, the Greeks experienced disasters in both cases. But as often happens in history, the triumph of the enemies of the Revolution revealed their weakness: they could conquer, they could not subjugate.
On these two disasters and on the blood that was shed, Greek Independence was solidified.

(Edited and translated blurb from publisher’s website)

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