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A Concise History of Greece (Cambridge Concise Histories)

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This book provides a concise, illustrated introduction to the history of modern Greece, from the first stirrings of the national movement in the late eighteenth century to the present day. It is designed to provide a basic introduction for general and academic readers with little or no prior knowledge of the subject. A Concise History of Greece has been revised and now inc ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published July 15th 2002 by Cambridge University Press (first published November 28th 1986)
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Jose
Aug 03, 2015 Jose rated it liked it
Nice concise crash course on History of Modern Greek State, from the run up to independence from the Ottoman Empire in the latter half of 18th c. to a brief survey of the the first decade of the millennium.

The brevity of this book is it's strength and it's weakness - no particular chapter of the Country's history is covered in tremendous depth, however, the author does an excellent job of covering approximately 260 years of history in approximately as many pages.

The relative instability and ch
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Zachary Taylor
Apr 22, 2014 Zachary Taylor rated it it was amazing
Clogg offers a captivating historical narrative of the modern history of Greece from its earliest years as a fledging state to the beginning of the twenty-first century. His history, while by no means exhaustive, provides readers with a stable foundation upon which to learn more about the modern history of Greece. Clogg makes Greek political heavyweights like King Otto, Eleftherios Venizelos, Andreas Papandreou, and Konstantinos Karamanlis come alive, with all of their merits and flaws. The biog ...more
Gary Rigby
May 15, 2015 Gary Rigby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent introduction to Greece from Ottoman rule to the present economic crisis.
J.M. Hushour
Feb 14, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it liked it
Greece's historical legacy ranges from the probing tongue of Socrates to the country's current status as the birthplace of anal sex. Pumping the historical record roughly for data means plunging into a pulsing, dimly lit tunnel of historical introspection which many Greeks aren't quite loosened up for. This book tries to wedge itself in, but comes up dry. The sections on the Ottoman period and early independence, say, up to 1920, are really good, though Clogg's understanding of the Ottomans is f ...more
Maura
May 10, 2015 Maura rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel
Nice to have a history book of this length covering the last 200 or so years of Greek history. I just don't take to history well enough to appreciate so many details. Couldn't muster up much interest despite the fact that I was physically in Greece at the time of reading.
Rachel
Aug 11, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
This is a history book, not a travel book, but if you want some in depth discussions about the deeper roots of issues still going on in modern Greece, it's a good place to start. My only qualm really, is that because it's concise, it didn't go into the detail that would have made the issues a bit more clear.
Ike Sharpless
Aug 13, 2011 Ike Sharpless rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, greeks, history
Read this as background for my honeymoon in Greece. It is what it says it is, although my level of knowledge about modern Greek politics was precisely zero before reading this. I can know say that it's at least a little better than zero, which is something, I guess.
Angela
Mar 27, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
This book is very easy to read and it's a great introduction to the main events that formed Greece, as we know it today. Sometimes it's really concise and it left me wanting to know more. But I think that's an advantage, both for me and the book.
Gren
Mar 21, 2013 Gren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greece
Ein lesenswerter Überblick der neugriechischen Geschichte. Es trägt ungemein zum Verständnis der Situation im heutigen Griechenland bei, und erklärt nebenbei warum die grichische Politik so ist, wie sie ist.
Friton
Apr 30, 2009 Friton rated it really liked it
It's definitely history, told in long, creative sentences. Learned some new words, and a lot about 20th century Greece
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Jun 07, 2010 Nathan rated it it was ok
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“****your Parliament and your Constitution. America is an elephant. Cyprus is a flea. Greece is a flea. If those two fleas continue itching the elephant, they may just get whacked by the elephant’s trunk, whacked good. President Lyndon Johnson to the Greek ambassador in Washington (1964)” 0 likes
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