Greece: A Modern Sequel / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

Author Biography: 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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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
  • 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

Acknowledgements
Map
Introduction 1
Pt. I Politics and Statecraft
1 A regime to suit the nation 11
2 Government and people 44
Pt. II Institutions
3 The Church of Greece 141
4 The military 152
5 Education: The mighty Greek school 157
Pt. III The Economy 165
Pt. IV Society
7 A land of peasants 181
8 The search for a middle class 194
9 Migrants, refugees and diaspora 200
10 Of heroes and heroic deeds 212
11 Crime and impunity 221
Pt. V Ideology
12 Fashioning the new nation 227
13 Demarcating the past 236
14 The return of the Hellenes 242
15 Of Greeks and others 249
16 Europe in Greece 263
Pt. VI Foreign Policy
17 Greek foreign policy: From independence to liberation 277
18 The post-war legacy 294
Pt. VII National Geography
19 The frontier and beyond 327
20 A northern boundary 333
21 War for land 342
22 Culture 349
Conclusion 360
App.: Chronology 364
Bibliography 372
Index 399
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