Eleftherios Venizelos: The Trials of Statesmanship

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Paschalis M. Kitromilides
Edinburgh University Press, May 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 403 pages
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Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece 1910-1920 and 1928-1932, could be considered from many points of view the creator of contemporary Greece and one of the main actors in European diplomacy in the period 1910-1935. Yet the last book-length study discussing the man, his politics and his broader role in twentieth-century history appeared in English more than fifty years ago.Now available in paperback, the aspiration of this book is to fill the lacuna by bringing together the concerted research effort of twelve experts on Greek history and politics. It draws on considerable new research that has appeared in Greek in the last quarter century, but does not confine the treatment of the subject to a purely Greek or even Balkan context. Instead, the entire project is oriented toward placing the study of Venizelos' leadership in the broad setting of twentieth-century politics and diplomacy.The complex and often dramatic trajectory of Venizelos' career from Cretan rebel to an admired European statesman is charted in a sequence of chapters that survey his meteoric rise and great achievements in Greek and European politics in the early decades of the twentieth century, amidst violent passions and tragic conflicts. Five further chapters appraise in depth some critical aspects of his policies, while a final chapter offers a glimpse into a great statesman's personal and intellectual world.The book is based on extensive scholarship but it is eminently readable and should appeal to all those interested in twentieth-century history, politics and biography, offering a vivid sense of the hopes and tragedies of Greek and European history in the age of the Great War and of the interwar crisis.
  

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Contents

The Cretan Question between European and Near Eastern Politics
11
2 Venizelos Early Life and Political Career in Crete 18641910
37
PART II The Drama of High Politics
85
3 Venizelos Advent in Greek Politics 190912
87
4 Protagonist in Politics 191220
115
From Balkan Alliance to GreekTurkish Settlement
134
Venizelos Last Premiership 192832
193
7 The Last Years 19336
234
8 The Experiment of Inclusive Constitutionalism 190932
251
9 Venizelos and CivilMilitary Relations
273
10 Venizelos and Economic Policy
284
11 Modernisation and Reaction in Greek Education during the Venizelos Era
319
12 Venizelos and ChurchState Relations
346
PART IV Offstage
375
Contributors
389
Index
390

PART III The Content of Political Action
249

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About the author (2008)


Paschalis M. Kitromilides is Professor of Political Science at the University of Athens

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