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A Concise History of Greece

(Cambridge Concise Histories)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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 June 29th 1979)
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Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A great introduction to modern Greek History by an author who is considered an authority on the subject. It covers the adventurous history of Greece from the pre-revolution years in late 18th century up to 2013 and the culmination of the economic crisis. The chapters are equally divided and each covers one or two major events, no footnotes to disrupt your reading, just some carefully chosen photographs to highlight the text. Some of the photos are actually very entertaining, like the staged phot ...more
Maria Dimitriou
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Μια ακριβής και αντικειμενική εξιστόρηση της ιστορίας της χώρας. Η απόδοση των γεγονότων γίνεται με τρόπο που διευκολύνει τον αναγνώστη να διεισδύσει σε αυτά χωρίς να απαιτεί κάποια προεργασία από μέρους του. Μοιάζει με μυθιστόρημα, μόνο που όσα εκτυλίσσονται, συνέβησαν πραγματικά. Η αναδρομή σταματά στο 2013 με την ελπίδα του συγγραφέα πως η Ελλάδα θα ξεπεράσει την κρίση στην οποία βρίσκεται, όπως τα κατάφερε και στο παρελθόν. Κι αν δεχθούμε πως η ιστορία του τόπου χαρακτηρίζεται από συστηματικ ...more
Elena Sala
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, greece
A concise, accessible, illustrated history of Greece which will provide the basic knowledge you need to be able to understand Greece. It starts with the period of Ottoman rule and the emergence of the Greek state and ends with the political modernization of the 1990s.
Gary Rigby
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent introduction to Greece from Ottoman rule to the present economic crisis.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A clear and informative history of Greece from the 18th to the 20th centuries, providing insightful economic and political perspectives on the countries internal divisions, and the struggles of straddling European and Mediterranean identities. Particularly good are the sections on the Phanariots in the 18th century, and the good use of visual materials.

The only aspect which I found lacking was direct cultural history, which often only appeared in service to a broader party-political or economic
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: greece, history
Essential history from the roots of the war of Independence up to 1990's. It's not a bad book, but it's dry with all it's namedropping.

Clearly the most interesting part here is the background to and the Independence war itself.

Modern Hostory of Greece after WWII is not fun to read about, to many useless ideas, foolish politicians and military idiots.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-uni, nahh
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Jul 26, 2015 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
J.M. Hushour
Feb 14, 2013 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
Zachary Taylor
Apr 22, 2014 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
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I started reading this before going to Greece, and I would say that I had read about half of it before my trip. My goal was to know a little bit about what I was looking at, and I do think it helped. It gave me some background on the modern Greece I was visiting. Like, recognizing the names on statues, hearing about an upcoming holiday and knowing what it was celebrating, walking around Athens and having a bit of understanding of the history of the modern city. Goal achieved.

As a book, it is not
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because it is concise, the author often skips through very important events without giving a feel of their gravity.

Sometimes he breaks from the chronology to say what happens in a later date, and with so many figures at play and events to cover, this quickly gets confusing.

Also, in the opening he mentioned that Greek was almost the official language of the US. This is a popular myth said about German and a couple of other languages, to include it makes me wonder how well Clogg checks his
Aug 11, 2012 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.
Mar 11, 2013 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.
Ike Sharpless
Jul 23, 2011 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.
Mar 21, 2013 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.
May 10, 2015 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.
Apr 30, 2009 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
Nathan Rose
May 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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