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New Perspectives on the Greek War of Independence. Myths, Realities, Legacies and Reflections

Yianni Cartledge, Andrekos Varnava (eds.)
Palgrave Macmillan Cham 2022 [Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-10848-8, ebook ISBN: 978-3-031-10849-5, p. XXII, 357]
Type: New Publications


This book marks the 200-year anniversary of uprisings in the Ottoman Balkans between February and March 1821, which became known in the West as the beginnings of the Greek War of Independence (1821–1832), and led to the formation of the modern Greek state. It explores the war and its impact on societies involved by delving into the myths that surround it, the realities that have often been ignored or suppressed, and its lasting legacies on national identities and histories. It also explores memory and commemoration in Greece, in other countries impacted, and the Greek diaspora. This book offers a fresh perspective on this pivotal event in Greek, Ottoman, Balkan, Mediterranean, European, and world histories. It presents new research and reflections to connect the war to wider history and to understand its importance across the last 200 years.


Table of contents


New Perspectives
Yianni Cartledge, Andrekos Varnava, The Greek Revolution 200 Years On: New Perspectives and Legacies

Michalis Sotiropoulos, The Transnational Foundations of the Greek Revolution of 1821

Maria Spiliotopoulou, Eleftheria Zei, New Perspectives in Local Societies During the Greek War of Independence: The Consular Experience in the Aegean

Arnór Gunnar Gunnarsson, Greece of the North?: Philhellenism, Hellenism, and Contemporary Perspectives of the Greek War of Independence in Iceland

Myths and Realities

Anna Vlachopoulou, A Local Uprising in an Ottoman Province? Mora/Morea, March 1821

Dilek Özkan Pantazis, Migrations, Exodus, and Resettlement during the Greek War of Independence (1821–1830)

Katerina Galani, Gelina Harlaftis, Privateering during the Greek War of Independence (1821–1829): Issues of Legitimacy, Organisation, and Economics of a War-Induced Practice

Gonda Van Steen, The United States as a Haven for Greek Revolutionary War Orphans? Myth and Reality

Legacies and Reflections

Andrekos Varnava, Cyprus and 1821: Myths, Realities and Legacies

Yianni Cartledge, The Chios Massacre (1822) and Chiot Emigration: A Coerced Diaspora

Christopher Helali, Devoted to the Cause of Freedom: Jonathan Peckham Miller, Philhellenism, and the Transatlantic Struggle for Liberation

Lucien Frary, Russian Historiography and the Greek Revolution: Trends and Interpretations (1821–2021)

David Ricks, The Shot Heard Round the World: The Greek Revolution’s Legacy in Poetry

Chris Kourakis, Yianni Cartledge, Greek Independence and Its Significance to the Development of International Law