Byron's War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 25, 2013 - History - 338 pages
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Roderick Beaton re-examines Lord Byron's life and writing through the long trajectory of his relationship with Greece. Beginning with the poet's youthful travels in 1809-1811, 'Byron's War traces his years of fame in London and self-imposed exile in Italy, that culminated in the decision to devote himself to the cause of Greek independence. Then comes Byron's dramatic self-transformation, while in Cephalonia, from Romantic rebel to 'new statesman', subordinating himself for the first time to a defined, political cause, in order to begin laying the foundations, during his 'hundred days' at Missolonghi, for a new kind of polity in Europe - that of the nation-state as we know it today. Byron's War draws extensively on Greek historical sources and other unpublished documents, to tell an individual story that also offers a new understanding of the significance that Greece had for Byron, and of Byron's contribution to the origin of the present-day Greek state.
  

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Contents

Land oflost gods
9
and modern monsters
30
Reluctant radical
51
Prophet of a noble contest
68
Death by Water transfiguration by fire
89
The deformed transformed
114
Us THE CAUSE MAKES ALL
143
MISSOLONGHII THE HUNDRED DAYS
211
Confronting the Warlords
228
I2 Pyrrhic victory
247
Epilogue
264
Notes
273
Bibliography
318
Index
330
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Roderick Beaton is Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature in the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London.

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