A Concise History of Greece

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 20, 2002 - History - 291 pages
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This book provides a concise, illustrated introduction to the history of modern Greece, from the first stirrings of the national movement in the late eighteenth century to the present day. It is designed to provide a basic introduction for general and academic readers with little or no prior knowledge of the subject. A Concise History of Greece has been revised and now includes a new final chapter that covers Greek history and politics to the present day. Richard Clogg is a Fellow of St. Anthony's College, Oxford and was formerly Professor of Modern Balkan History, University of London. His previous publications include Anglo-Greek Attitudes (Palgrave, 2000) and Parties and Elections in Greece (Duke University Press, 1988). He is currently writing A Concise History of Romania for the Cambridge Concise Histories Series.

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A classic example of how history can be distorted - deeply offensive to anyone who knows anything about Greek history and sees themselves as politically to the left of Genghis Khan.
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same author wrote an obituary for Monty Woodhouse, another rabid anti-communist. Woodhouse, having done his bit to ensure a non-democratic Greece for decades to come, was instrumental in the coup that overthrew Mohammed Mossadeq in Iran. Mossadeq is described by Clogg as 'the Iranian politician bent on nationalising the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company'. Funny, we non-historians would describe him as Iran's first and only ever democratically elected Prime Minister, brought down, like the Greek republican movement, to further 'British interests'.  

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Ottoman rule and the emergence of the Greek state 17701831
Nation building the Great Idea and National Schism 18311922
Catastrophe and occupation and their consequences 192349
The legacy of the civil war 195074
The consolidation of democracy and the populist decade 197490
Balkan turmoil and political modernization Greece in the 1990s
The royal houses of Greece
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Richard Clogg has been Lecturer in Modern Greek History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies and King's College, University of London, Reader in Modern Greek History at King's College, London and Professor of Modern Balkan History in the University of London. From 1990 to 2005 he was a Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford and is now an Emeritus Fellow of the College. He has written extensively on Greek history and politics from the eighteenth century to the present.

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