Greece, the Hidden Centuries: Turkish Rule from the Fall of Constantinople to Greek

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I.B.Tauris, Apr 16, 2012 - History - 320 pages
For almost four hundred years, between the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the Greek War of Independence, the history of Greece is shrouded in mystery. What was life really like for the Greeks under Ottoman rule? Was it a period of unremitting exploitation and enslavement for the Greeks until they were finally able to rise up against their Turkish overlords, as is the traditional, Greek nationalistic view? Or did the Greeks derive some benefit from Turkish rule? How did the Greeks and Turks co-exist for so long? And why are Greek attitudes towards Venice, who also controlled much of Greece for many of these years, so different? In this wide-ranging yet concise history David Brewer explodes many of the myths about Turkish rule of Greece. He places the Greek story in its wider, international context and casts fresh light on the dynamics of power not only between Greeks and Ottomans but also between Muslims and Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic, throughout Europe. This absorbing and riveting account of a crucial period will ensure that the history of Greece under Turkish rule is no longer hidden. It will delight anyone with an interest in Greek and Turkish history and in how the past has shaped the Greece we know today.

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List of Maps List of Illustrations Acknowledgements
Notes on Pronunciation and Names
Prologue The Greek View of Turkish Rule
Greece Before the Turks
The Fall of Constantinople
Sultans and Patriarchs
The Greek Peasants
The Italians in the Aegean
Venetian Crete
The Turks Take Crete
Turkish Rule in Cyprus and Crete
The Changing Ottoman Empire
Hunger and Disease
Travellers to Greece
The Orlov Revolt
Greeks Abroad

Pirates and Slaves
The Fall of Cyprus
Mainland Greece and Town Life
The Greek Church
Greeks and the Enlightenment
The Enlightenment Attacked
Prelude to Revolution
The War of Independence

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About the author (2012)

David Brewer is the author of "The Flame of Freedom: The Greek War of Independence, 1821-1833." After studying Classics at Oxford University he divided his working life between teaching, journalism and business before dedicating himself to the study of the history of Greece.

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