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Modern Greece: A Short History Paperback – May 15, 2000

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"It is in adversity that the particular merits of the Greek character are shown most brightly, and Woodhouse, whose affection for Greece is evident in everything he writes, is well qualified to bring out these merits."--The Times Literary Supplement

"Whenever Woodhouse cares to write on Greece, his work will always be welcome, both to scholars and general readers."--History

About the Author

C. M. Woodhouse is also the author of The Philhellenes; Apple of Discord: A Survey of Recent Greek Politics; The Struggle for Greece, 1941-1949; and many other books. He lives in England.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st edition (May 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571197949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571197941
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alekos on January 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an extremely fine history of Greece up to about 1990. The word MODERN appears in the title even though it starts with Constantine, but this only enriches the total work. Its main virtue is that it weaves the cultural and intellectual life of Greece into the story of national development in the post-Turkish period. Especially good is the way it details 18th and 19th century attempts to develop a national Greek consciousness. It also offers fascinating details on the intellecual currents that led to the armed insurrection against the Ottoman government.
Probably deserves more than five stars.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ed on July 28, 2001
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If you need a book on the history of Greece from 4th to 20th century, this is it. The author shows a very good knowledge of Greek history and shares his analysis of the events. At it's price, this is the best book on modern Greek history you can get.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Fred W. Hallberg on August 4, 2003
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Woodhouse's "Modern Greece: A Short History," has saved me from some unnecessary disappointments during my first visit to Greece this fall. I will be touring Greek cities and cruising the Aegean, so I read Woodhouse's book for prepatory background information. He described the disillusionment of the 19th Century European "panhellenes" (lovers of things Greek) who flooded into Greece to help fight the 1820-1827 wars of Greek liberation. These panhellenes saw themselves as defending the lineal descendants of the heros of Thermopylae and Marathon, but they quickly discovered modern Greeks exhibit no organic connection with the world of the ancient Greek city states. At least they have no more connection than contemporary Egyptians do the builders of the pyramids. Since I have been educated in the classics of Hellenic Greece, I too had been looking forward to experiencing the world which produced Pericles and Socrates. Woodhouse showed this to be nothing but a silly romantic projection on my part.
Greeks do think and act in the light of their long cultural tradition. But the tradition which informs them does not go back to the Hellenism of the 5th Century B.C.E. It goes back instead to the foundations of the Byzantine Empire at Constantinople in the 4th Century C.E. By the 7th Century this eastern branch of the Roman Empire was all that remained of classical civilization. It was defined by its distinct language (Greek) and by its distinct version of Christianity (Greek Orthodoxy).
Woodhouse explains that these social and religious features of the Byzantine Empire were not erased when the Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry Anastopoulos on December 21, 2012
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The book was an excellent read, but I wanted to read about more recent 20th century events, which I couldn't do because the last chapter or section of the book was missing due to some type of misprint. I brought this to Amazon's attention and asked for a new copy of the book, but only if it was correctly printed. I returned the misprinted book and received yet another misprinted book. I tried to explain this issue to Amazon's customer service department, but they didn't seem to have any way to cope with this type of problem or to guarantee that I could receive a correctly printed book. I returned the 2nd book and was never able to finish it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah on July 4, 2012
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Expansive and in depth review of modern Greek history. An interesting read that I would highly reccomend to anyone interested in learning about the Greek past.
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