The Greek War of Independence by David Brewer
The Struggle for Freedom from Ottoman Oppression

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The Greek War of Independence offers an authoritative account--told in gripping detail--of the fight to end four centuries of brutal Ottoman rule over Greece. Fought over twelve bloody years between 1821 and 1833, the Greek revolution captured the imagination of the Romantic Age, inspiring painters, poets and patriots the world over to celebrate the Greek cause and join the fight. For nearly four hundred years the Ottoman Turks governed Greece, subjecting the country 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 won in 1833.


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David Brewer was a Classics scholar at Oxford and then studied modern Greek. "The Greek War of Independence," the result of a lifelong interest in the history and culture of Greece, is his first book.
Published September 1, 2001 by Overlook Hardcover. 376 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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For example, he likens the popular support of Europeans, if not their governments, for the Greek struggle to 20th-century support during the Spanish Civil War, and he describes the effect on European public opinion of a vivid painting by Delacroix, based on the Turkish capture and pillaging of Me...

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