Greece, The Hidden Centuries: Turkish Rule from the Fall of Constantinople to Greek Independence

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For almost 400 years, between the fall of Constantinople and the Greek War of Independence, the history of Greece is shrouded in mystery, distorted by Greek writers and begging the question: What was life really like for the Greeks under Ottoman rule?  In this wide-ranging yet concise history, David Brewer explodes many of the myths about Turkish rule of Greece. He places the Greek story in wider, international context and casts fresh light on the dynamics of power not only between Greeks and Ottomans, but ...

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Overview

For almost 400 years, between the fall of Constantinople and the Greek War of Independence, the history of Greece is shrouded in mystery, distorted by Greek writers and begging the question: What was life really like for the Greeks under Ottoman rule?  In this wide-ranging yet concise history, David Brewer explodes many of the myths about Turkish rule of Greece. He places the Greek story in wider, international context and casts fresh light on the dynamics of power not only between Greeks and Ottomans, but also between Muslims and Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic, throughout Europe. This absorbing account of a crucial period will ensure that the history of Greece under Turkish rule is no longer hidden.

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"David Brewer's book is by far the best work that I have read on the Turkokrateia, the hidden centuries when what is now Greece was under the rule of the Ottoman Turks. His book is thoroughly researched and very well written, and it opens up for the general reader a fascinating and little known era of history. Highly recommended." John Freely

"This is the story of seven centuries of Greek life before Greece became a modern, self-governing nation in the early nineteenth century, told for a new generation and from both the secular and religious viewpoints of the emerging nation. David Brewer writes with verve, a sharp eye for detail, and a finely balanced sense of the moral uncertainties involved in looking back into the past from the point of view of the early twenty-first century." Roderick Beaton, Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, King’s College London

"Brewer’s concise, sane, and independent assessment is a fine achievement...Greece: the Hidden Centuries scores high marks for its scope, its international frame of reference, and its objectivity. Brewer is the best sort of Philhellene, seeing the Greeks for what they are and as the product of their circumstances" — John Psaropoulos, TLS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780762388
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 815,216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Brewer is the author of The Flame of Freedom: The Greek War of Independence, 1821-1833. After studying Classics at Oxford University he divided his working life between teaching, journalism and business before dedicating himself to the study of the history of Greece.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps vi

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements ix

Notes on Pronunciation and Names xi

Prologue - The Greek View of Turkish Rule 1

1 Greece Before the Turks 9

2 1453 - The Fall of Constantinople 20

3 Sultans and Patriarchs 34

4 The Greek Peasants 44

5 The Italians in the Aegean 53

6 Pirates and Slaves 66

7 The Fall of Cyprus 77

8 1571 - Lepanto 86

9 Mainland Greece and Town Life 96

10 The Greek Church 107

11 Venetian Crete 119

12 1669 - The Turks Take Crete 128

13 Turkish Rule in Cyprus and Crete 136

14 The Changing Ottoman Empire 147

15 Hunger and Disease 157

16 Travellers to Greece 167

17 1770 - The Orlov Revolt 184

18 Greeks Abroad 196

19 Greeks and the Enlightenment 209

20 The Enlightenment Attacked 225

21 Prelude to Revolution 235

22 1821 - The War of Independence 246

23 One Man's War - Nikólaos Kasomoúlis 256

24 Some Conclusions 268

Chronology 275

Notes 277

Select Bibliography 294

Index 298

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