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Modern Greece: A History since 1821

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8681-0
276 pages
December 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Modern Greece: A History since 1821 is a chronological account of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Greece, from the birth of the Greek state in 1821 to 2008 by two leading authorities.
  • Pioneering and wide-ranging study of modern Greece, which incorporates the most recent Greek scholarship
  • Sets the history of modern Greece within the context of a broad geo-political framework
  • Includes detailed portraits of leading Greek politicians
  • Provides in-depth considerations on the profound economic and social changes that have occurred as a result of Greece’s EU membership
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Map



1. The Greek War of Independence (1821–30)

2. Statecraft and Irredentism (1831–62)

3. A New Dynasty and Lingering Problems (1862–97)

4. Distribution of Land and the Consolidation of the Segmentary Society

5. The Twentieth Century: An Overture

6. The Venizelist Decade (1910–20)

7. The Asia Minor Debacle (1922–3)

8. The Turbulent Interwar Period (1923–41)

9. Occupation and Conflict (1941–9)

10. The Post-Civil-War Period (1949–67)

11. Return to Democracy (1974–2009)

12. Opposite Poles in Politics. Karamanlis vs. Papandreou

13. Southern and Southeastern Europe: The Greek View


Selected Bibliography


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Author Information

John S. Koliopoulos is Professor of Modern Greek History at the University of Thessaloniki. He has written widely on nineteenth and twentieth-century Greece, including Brigands with a Cause: Brigandage and Irredentism in Modern Greece, 1881-1912 (1987) and Plundered Loyalties (1999).

Thanos M. Veremis is Professor of Political History at the University of Athens, and is President of the Greek National Council for Education. His previous publications include Greece's Balkan Entanglement (1994), The Military in Greek Politics (1997), and Action without Foresight: Western Intervention in Yugoslavia (2002).

The authors have collaborated on Greece: A Modern Sequel (2002), a thematic overview of scholarly debates concerning the history of modern Greece.

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"This is an immensely readable, comprehensive and elegant overview of the history of Greece since 1821 by two of the finest Greek historians of their generation."
Robert Holland, University of London

"A lucid, authoritative and comprehensive guide to the historical development of modern Greece. Its insightful – and at times pungent – interpretation will stimulate both old and new readers of Greek history."
Kevin Featherstone, London School of Economics

"Two distinguished historians have combined their deep knowledge and remarkable talents to produce the best comprehensive history of modern Greece in print today. Impressively researched, it offers an up-to-date, thorough, and carefully balanced historical narrative, sprinkled with fresh interpretations and new insights, presented in a crisp but highly readable prose. It is certain to become required reading and the standard reference work for specialists, students, and anyone seriously interested in contemporary Greece."
John O. Iatrides, Southern Connecticut State University

If you are looking for a readable and concise, yet rich, textured, and up-to-date introduction to Modern Greek History, your search is over. Modern Greece: A History since 1821 is that book.
Stathis Kalyvas, Yale University

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