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A Traveller's History of Greece Paperback – November 1, 2003


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566565227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566565226
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tim Boatswain is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Luton in England. Colin Nicolson teaches Modern European History at the University of North London.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are travelling to Greece and need an overview of history, this is a very easy, if concentrated read. The even pace and focused chapters helps you to remember the pertinent facts and sequence of events. I never really understood how Macedonia, the Roman Empire, Byzantium, Crusades, Venetians, and Ottoman/Turks were tied together, but at least I have a basic understanding now, and why Turkey and Greece are always at odds.

I suppose in order to condense the length of the 1st half of the book, Boatswain leaves out most information about the relationship of history and Greek Mythology (their religion), and focuses on the train of events only.

Some actual photos of famous people, especially in Nicolson's second half describing recent 20th Century history would have helped rather than the cheesy drawings. Also, there is no glossary for the second half, making it difficult to review the meaning of political group abbreviations (PASOK, ERM, EOKA, EAM, KKE, ELAS, etc.)or people's names if you forget who they are (i.e, you have to go back through the book).

For the difficult task the book sets out to do (getting you to remember 4,000 years of Greek History in a painless and entertaining manner) it does a great job. I also felt Boatswain and Nicolson made a clear and successful effort to be as neutral and objective as possible. I usually dislike history books, but found myself fascinated by it all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray T on July 28, 2012
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As stated in some other reviews, this is a decent book for a traveler. It is not a comprehensive history of Greece which looks at every situation from all sides. This book is a fairly quick read which will, at least, give the traveler an idea of what they are seeing and the historical context. I have studied a bit of ancient/classical Greek history and that section passed muster for a quick study. However, I had little idea about the forces that shaped modern Greece and felt I learned much from reading this book. Overall, a recommended book if you plan to travel to Greece.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Potter on February 14, 2007
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This was the perfect book for a traveler looking for a short history. It was readable and gave me a good understanding of Greek history.
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A very strange title as it has nothing to do with "travellers". I bought this book before my trip to Greece hoping to learn something about the historical sites. But this book said nothing about sites for the tourists except a few mentions that such and such can still be seen. Maybe it's for "time travellers"?

History? Maybe. It covers the first 5000 years in 154 pages with broad strokes and the next 200 years in 145 pages wiith detailed blow by blow. It's not surprising considering that it's written by two British, one spcializing in ancient history and the other in modern history. The good thing about it being written by a British is that it views ancient history with a clear eye and is unbiased and without Greek patriotism. The bad thing about it being written by a British is that it views the modern history from a biased pro-British point of view focusing on the British involvement. Of course, if it's written by a Persian or a Turks, or by a French or a Russian, it would give a very different perspective. What would a Greek say?

Unfortunately, my interest in history is more on the ancient and the old. The term "modern history" is an oxymoron to to me. I give the book 3 stars because it's actually very well written if you don't mind it being short on history and heavy on analysis of modern Greece and none on travelling.

It must be nice to have selective memory and be able to rewrite history and reinvent identity. It's very convenient to forget that the Hellenic Greece were warring city states who could never cooperate with each other except once when facing full scale invasion by the Persians. As soon as the threat was off, they began fighting each other again and eager to seek and accept Persian help.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dianab on March 21, 2013
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Like the Traveller's book on Turkey, this isn't for the casual reader who would like some history before they visit the country. It is dry and boring.
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