The Greek Revolution: A Critical Dictionary (Hardback)
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The Greek Revolution: A Critical Dictionary (Hardback)

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Published: 25/03/2021
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Winner of the 2022 London Hellenic Prize

On the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, an essential guide to the momentous war for independence of the Greeks from the Ottoman Empire.

The Greek war for independence (1821–1830) often goes missing from discussion of the Age of Revolutions. Yet the rebellion against Ottoman rule was enormously influential in its time, and its resonances are felt across modern history. The Greeks inspired others to throw off the oppression that developed in the backlash to the French Revolution. And Europeans in general were hardly blind to the sight of Christian subjects toppling Muslim rulers. In this collection of essays, Paschalis Kitromilides and Constantinos Tsoukalas bring together scholars writing on the many facets of the Greek Revolution and placing it squarely within the revolutionary age.

An impressive roster of contributors traces the revolution as it unfolded and analyzes its regional and transnational repercussions, including the Romanian and Serbian revolts that spread the spirit of the Greek uprising through the Balkans. The essays also elucidate religious and cultural dimensions of Greek nationalism, including the power of the Orthodox church. One essay looks at the triumph of the idea of a Greek “homeland,” which bound the Greek diaspora—and its financial contributions—to the revolutionary cause. Another essay examines the Ottoman response, involving a series of reforms to the imperial military and allegiance system. Noted scholars cover major figures of the revolution; events as they were interpreted in the press, art, literature, and music; and the impact of intellectual movements such as philhellenism and the Enlightenment.

Authoritative and accessible, The Greek Revolution confirms the profound political significance and long-lasting cultural legacies of a pivotal event in world history.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674987432
Number of pages: 800
Dimensions: 235 x 162 mm


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An outstanding contribution to our understanding of the Greek Revolution and its immense consequences on global history, from an impressive group of distinguished scholars covering an astonishing range of topics on the revolutionary decade of the 1820s. This attractive, monumental work will be indispensable as we reflect on the bicentennial and the significance of the simultaneously old and young nation of Greece. - Georgios Varouxakis, Queen Mary University of London

Contemporaries saw the Greek Revolution as a liberal beacon in an age of reaction; two centuries later, it seems to anticipate later independence movements, nationalist uprisings, civil wars, and refugee crises. The Greek Revolution magisterially reframes its significance within a global age of revolutions. A more impressive bicentennial tribute would be hard to imagine. - David Armitage, Harvard University

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