“The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe” is the latest book by Mark Mazower, a historian and writer, specializing in modern Greece, 20th century Europe and international history.
Mazower’s new book recreates one of the most significant events in the story of modern Europe. Facing near impossible odds, the people of the villages, valleys and islands of Greece rose up against Sultan Mahmud II and took on the might of the imperial Ottoman armed forces, its Turkish cavalrymen, Albanian foot soldiers and the fearsome Egyptians.
Despite the most terrible disasters, the Greeks held on until military intervention by Russia, France and Britain finally secured the kingdom of Greece.
“In the exhausted, repressive years that followed Napoleon’s defeat in 1815, there was one cause that came to galvanize countless individuals across Europe and the United States: Freedom for Greece,” the book’s publishers said in a statement.
“The Greek Revolution” weaves together the different strands of the Greek revolution’s story. Mazower takes readers into the minds of revolutionary conspirators and the terrors of besieged towns; the stories of itinerant priests, sailors and slaves; ambiguous heroes and defenseless women and children struggling to survive a brutal conflict.
Mazower explores the emergence of Romanticism and a new kind of politics that had volunteers flocking from across Europe to die fighting alongside the Greeks. A story of how statesmen came to terms with the force of nationalism, this is above all a book about how people decided to see their world differently and, at an often terrible cost, changed history.
Mazower studied classics and philosophy at Oxford, studied international affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s Bologna Center and has a doctorate in modern history from Oxford.
He is the founding director of II&I: the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination at Reid Hall in Paris, France. Mazower’s articles and reviews on history and current affairs appear regularly in the Financial Times, Guardian, London Review of Books and New York Review of Books.
“The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe” is available to purchase via The Pappas Post Bookshop.
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