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A concise history of the rich and varied experience of Greece and the Greeks over the past two centuries, this book focuses on the forces and events that have shaped the country and its people, including urbanization, economic development, modernization, and cultural change.

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"As its excellent bibliography demonstrates, its author is alert to developments not only in history but in sociology and social anthropology as well."—English Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340763377
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/3/2001
  • Series: Brief Histories Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Gallant holds the Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair of Modern Greek History at York University, Toronto

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Table of Contents

1 The Ottoman Legacy
Greek identity and the role of the Orthodox Church 1
Administration and local society 4
The economic of the region 6
The Greek diaspora 7
The legacy - a summary 8
2 The Birth of the Modern Greek State
The pre-revolutionary context 9
The Greek War of Independence, 1821-1828 16
The presidency of Ioannis Kapodistrias 26
3 Building the Modern State 1833-1897
Regency and absolutism: the political settlement of liberated Greece 31
Rebuilding a broken land 33
Constitutional monarchy 40
The age of reform, 1864-1909 44
4 Constructing the Modern Nation: irredentism, nationalism and identity in nineteenth-century Greece
The Megali Idea and the struggle for territorial expansion 55
The Cretan and Macedonian questions 60
Nationalism and identity 67
5 Greek Society in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Demographic change 76
The spiti: family and household structure 80
Farms and villages 85
Farming the land 91
The other Greeks: shepherds, sailors and artisans 97
The social world of men and women 99
Athens ascendant 107
Coming to America 112
6 From a Nation United to a Nation Divided
National malaise and Venizelos's rise to power 116
The First Golden Age of Venizelism 123
The Balkan wars 125
The national schism and the Great War 129
7 The Inter-war Period, 1919-1940: a time of turmoil
Peace and war 135
The Asia Minor catastrophe 141
The catastrophe compounded 144
The exchange of populations and its cost 146
Counting coups 150
Venizelos redux 151
The Metaxas dictatorship 157
8 The Terrible Decade: occupation and civil war 1940-1950
The 'good' war 160
Occupation 162
Civil war 173
9 Reconstruction and Retribution 1950-1967
Reconstruction 178
Political restoration 181
Economic recovery 184
Society in the 1950s and 1960s 185
NATO and Cyprus 192
The slide to chaos 194
10 Dictatorship, Democratic Restoration and the Era of PASOK: 1967-1989
The junta 197
Karamanlis and the restoration of democracy 203
The rise and fall of Papandreou and PASOK 208
Greek society during the era of restoration and socialism 212
Epilogue 217
Notes 219
Suggestions for further reading 242
Index 253
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