The History of Greece
In the last century, Greece has been ravaged by numerous wars, diseases like malaria, and the brutal famine that resulted from its occupation during World War II. Today, the nation of Greece is both a modern, developed nation that is a popular tourist destination, and a country facing a serious economic crisis.
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This complete history of Greece documents ancient times to the present, giving specific attention to its emergence as a modern European nation after the destruction, disease, and death Greece suffered during World War II and the subsequent civil war.
Modern Greece started as a monarchy in 1832, with just a fraction of the land it now encompasses. The nation of Greece finally forged its identity in the 19th and 20th centuries after emerging from 400 years of Ottoman domination. This book traces the development of Greece from the Minoan civilization of Crete to modern times, telling the story of how Greece added territory and experienced fierce growing pains—including coups, dictatorships, depressions, enormous influxes of immigrants, and wars—before evolving into today's modern democratic state.
The History of Greece provides both an overview of Greece's early history as well as an examination of the difficulties that emerged in 2009 and 2010, such as its recent financial problems and social unrest. Quotes from Greek politicians, scholars, poets, and ordinary citizens are included to communicate Greece's national character.
- Provides an enlightening timeline of the history of Greece from prehistoric time to 2010
- Includes maps illustrating Greece's regions, islands, cities, and its growth into modern Greece
- A bibliography covers books and articles about the history, ethnography, and politics of Greece, as well as various online resources
- Emphasizes Greece's emergence as a modern democratic nation following its declaration of independence from Ottoman rule in 1821 without neglecting mention of classical Greek contributions to western civilization in the areas of philosophy, democracy, science, and art
- Analyzes Greece's civil war of 1944–1949 as a major contributor to its ongoing civil strife
- Explores the role of the United States throughout Greece's recent history, as well as the general ambivalence of Greek people towards America
- Examines Greece's challenges in the 21st century, including riots, forest fires, and the integration of new immigrants into its changing nation
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The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations
Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world's nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation's long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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"Very highly recommended . . . opens Greek history to non specialists, telling an important story of a people at the core of Western culture."
"Elaine Thomopoulos is a gifted writer. Her book is a marvel of story telling, one of the best histories of modern Greece. At a time when Greece is suffering from economic hardships, it is refreshing and enlightening to read this dispassionate and clear account of how Greece came into being as a modern state and society. Greece will rise again. I recommend this powerful book very strongly."
"A thorough overview of the history of Greece from Prehistory to our times, resulted after years of laborious and systematic work. This objective, intelligible, and solidly documented book provides valuable information to everyone who is interested in Greece and her people"
"Elaine Thomopoulos, in a clear and concise manner, gives an account of the history of Greece that would appeal to most readers. Interesting and especially useful for its chapters on contemporary Greek History, it offers a valuable insight on the country's trajectory through—always turbulent, it seems—times."
"The succinct but broad survey of Hellenic traditions offered by Elaine Thomopoulos offers students, especially those taking modern Greek studies courses, a historical context for cultural studies in various areas. The work wisely emphasizes the impact of World War II and the Greek dictatorship of (1967-1974), the two periods which have shaped contemporary Greek society."
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