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Overview

"This book provides a concise, illustrated introduction to the history of modern Greece, from the first stirring of the national movement in the late eighteenth century until the present day. Greece in 1830 became the first east European country to win full independence, and in 1981 became the first to achieve membership of the European Community. Not only is her heritage of Orthodox Christianity and of Ottoman rule distinctive, but great historical movements such as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the French and Industrial Revolutions which so profoundly influenced western Europe have largely passed her by. This has resulted in a pattern of historical development and a society markedly different from that of her west European partners. Moreover, for much of the 150 years of her existence as an independent state there have been more Greeks outside than within the borders of Greece, and large communities of Greek descent are to be found in the United States, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere. These factors give a particular interest to the history of a country that is at once Balkan, Mediterranean and European, and in which the burden of the past weighs particularly heavily on the present." Richard Clogg is recognised internationally as a leading authority on the history of modern Greece. This book is, however, different in concept from anything yet written, including Professor Clogg's own classic A short history of modern Greece, which is here complemented by a wholly new account of the subject aimed at both general and academic readers.
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Editorial Reviews

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Aimed at undergraduate students and the general reader, this text covers the history of modern Greece, from the beginnings of the national movement in the late 18th- century to the present. It concludes with a section of short biographies and is illustrated throughout with b&w historical photographs and maps. Clogg is a Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Review of previous edition: 'Succinct, accurate and graphic … Readers who go no further than this concise history will have at their disposal the basic knowledge to understand Greece and what made it what it is today.' The Times Literary Supplement

Review of previous edition: 'A vigorous, well-written … and occasionally humorous view of Greek history since 1770, remarkable in the amount of information and context it provides.' Diana Wright, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Review of previous edition: 'Anyone who wants an accurate and lively narrative of Greece's political history could not do better than this book.' The Times Literary Supplement

Review of previous edition: 'It is a highly accessible and readable introduction to Greek history as well as a useful reference source on modern Greece.' European Legacy Journal

Review of previous edition: 'Time for only one book? Make it Richard Clogg's A Concise History of Greece.' Michael Kerr, 'The Best Summer Holiday Reads', The Telegraph

Review of previous edition: 'Professor Clogg's slim and lively volume intersperses an authoritative account of the last 200 years of Greek history with a sensitive analysis of the Greek national character.' John Torode, The Independent

Review of previous edition: '… provides a thorough insight to what made Greece the way it is today … Written in a readable style rather than as a reference book, it has enough detail for the scholar and clarity for those with a more general interest in Greek history.' Greek-o-File

Review of previous edition: 'Far and away the best summary of the subject.' Insight Guides: Greece

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521004794
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Cambridge Concise Histories Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 522,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Clogg has been Lecturer in Modern Greek History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies and King's College, University of London, Reader in Modern Greek History at King's College, London and Professor of Modern Balkan History in the University of London. From 1990 to 2005 he was a Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford and is now an Emeritus Fellow of the College. He has written extensively on Greek history and politics from the eighteenth century to the present.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Ottoman rule and the emergence of the Greek state 1770-1831 7
3 Nation building, the 'Great Idea' and National Schism 1831-1922 46
4 Catastrophe and occupation and their consequences 1923-49 98
5 The legacy of the civil war 1950-74 142
6 The consolidation of democracy and the populist decade 1974-90 166
7 Balkan turmoil and political modernization: Greece in the 1990s 201
Biographies 239
The royal houses of Greece 259
Presidents 260
Tables 261
Key dates 269
Guide to further reading 276
Index 282
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