Greece: A Modern Sequel / Edition 1

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"...Meticulously researched...Thoroughly documented with copious footnotes, a shronology, and extensive bibliography, this work is recommended for academic libraries."
Library Journal

Focusing on questions that seek to illuminate vital aspects of the Greek phenomenon, this modern history of Greece is organized around themes such as politics, institutions, society, ideology, foreign policy, geography, and culture. Making clear their predilection for the principles that inspired the founding fathers of the Greek state, Koliopoulos and Veremis juxtapose these principles to contemporary practices, and outline the resulting tensions in Greek society as it enters the new millenium.

Challenging established notions and stereotypes that have disfigured Greek history, Greece: A Modern Sequel is meant to encourage a fresh look at the country and its people. In the process, a portrait of a new Greece emerges: modern, diverse, and strong.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Koliopoulos (Univ. of Thessaloniki) and Veremis (Univ. of Athens & Fletcher Sch., Tufts Univ.) have produced a scholarly, meticulously researched analysis of the origins and development of the modern Greek nation-state that came into being in 1833 at the end of the Greek War of Independence. In the West, we tend to equate modern Greece with ancient Greece, but the authors point out that the modern nation no more resembles ancient Greece than modern Turkey resembles Ottoman Turkey. Although the founders of modern Greece envisioned a democratic state, the result has been mixed owing to a number of factors detailed here, including the role of the church, the effects of Ottoman domination, the segmentation of society, the consequences of linguistic differences, and the role of the military. The book is organized not chronologically but thematically, stressing politics, institutions, the economy, society, ideology, foreign policy, geography, and culture. The concept of nationhood is also discussed, as is the historic right to the past, which is relevant to many current international conflicts. Thoroughly documented with copious footnotes, a chronology, and extensive bibliography (in English), this work is recommended for academic libraries. Along with David Brewer's The Greek War of Independence, it constitutes an excellent comprehensive resource on modern Greek history.-Ruth K. Baacke, Woodbury P.L., Highland Mills, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814747674
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 407
  • Sales rank: 996,474
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John S. Koliopoulos is Professor of Modern Greek History at the University of Thessaloniki and the author of many books, including Brigands with a Cause an Plundered Loyalties.

Thanos Veremis is Professor of Political History at Athens University and President of the board of ELIAMEP (the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy). He is the author of The Military in Greek Politics.

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Table of Contents


1. A Regime to Suit the Nation

2. Government and People


3. The Church of Greece

4. The Military

5. Education: The Mighty Greek School



7. A Land of Peasants

8. The Search for a Middle Class

9. Migrants, Refugees and the Diaspora

10. Of Heroes and Heroic Deeds

11. Crime and Impunity


12. Shaping the New Nation

13. Demarcating the Past

14. The Return of the Hellenes

15. Of Greeks and Others

16. Europe in Greece


17. Greek Foreign Policy: From Independence to Liberation

18. The Post-War Legacy


19. The Frontier and Beyond

20. A Northern Boundary

21. War for Land


22. Culture

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