The Greek War of Independence: The Struggle for Freedom from Ottoman Oppression and the Birth of the Modern Greek Nation

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Overlook Press, 2001 - History - 393 pages
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The Greek struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire captured the imagination of the world. It was the revolution of the Romantic Age, inspiring painters, poets and patriots the world over, fired as much by Lord Byron's ringing words and Delacroix's brilliant paintings as by Greece's seemingly hopeless plight. For nearly four hundred years the Ottoman Turks governed Greece, subjecting it to crushing and arbitrary tax burdens and its peasants to serfdom; the glories of the ancient past were gone, and under Turkish rule Greece was poor and backward. But inspired by the examples of the American and French revolutions, Napoleon's victories, and the Latin American wars of liberation, the Greek people rose up against their Turkish masters in 1821. For twelve brutal years--years of terrible violence and bloody massacre--the Greeks and the foreign volunteers who flocked to their cause fought until independence was finally won in 1833. --From publisher's description.

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In his first book, Brewer, a former Oxford classics scholar, has produced a meticulously researched, scholarly, yet engaging account of the brutal struggle of the Greeks to win independence from ... Read full review


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David Brewer was first a Classics scholar at Oxford and afterwards learned modern Greek. He lives in London.

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