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Greece, the hidden centuries : Turkish rule from the fall of Constantinople to Greek independence /
David Brewer.
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London : I. B. Tauris, c2010.
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x, 308 p. [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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1848850476 (hbk.), 9781848850477 (hbk.)
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London : I. B. Tauris, c2010.
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1848850476 (hbk.)
9781848850477 (hbk.)
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7114691
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-03-01:
The period from 1453 to 1830, the Tourkokratia, or Turkish rule, has generally been described in Greek textbooks as one of unremitting tyranny. Brewer draws a different picture. Synthesizing recent trends in scholarship, he argues that the sultans kept taxes reasonable, permitted education, limited slavery, and granted freedom of worship. Generally, churches were not converted to mosques. Although Greeks in rural areas were impoverished, many living in the larger cities were prosperous. The Greeks under Venetian rule in Cyprus and Crete lived under less enlightened conditions. The sultan's moderate policy hardened in the late 17th century as a result of an obsolete military system and a deteriorating economy. Brewer argues that most of the Greek captains, Klephs, who in the 1820s led the way to Greek independence, were corrupt. The author takes a topical approach, and there is a little overlap. A full chapter on the Greek merchant marines would have been useful. The chapter on European travelers is fascinating, but Brewer should not take at face value what Europeans wrote about the sexual availability of Greek women. Both general readers and scholars will benefit from this well-written work. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. A. J. Papalas East Carolina University
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"David Brewer's book is by far the best work that I have read on the Turkokrateia, the hidden centuries when what is now Greece was under the rule of the Ottoman Turks. His book is thoroughly researched and very well written, and it opens up for the general reader a fascinating and little known era of history. Highly recommended." -- John Freely "This is the story of seven centuries of Greek life before Greece became a modern, self-governing nation in the early nineteenth century, told for a new generation and from both the secular and religious viewpoints of the emerging nation. David Brewer writes with verve, a sharp eye for detail, and a finely balanced sense of the moral uncertainties involved in looking back into the past from the point of view of the early twenty-first century." -- Roderick Beaton, Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, King's College London
"David Brewer's book is by far the best work that I have read on the Turkokrateia, the hidden centuries when what is now Greece was under the rule of the Ottoman Turks. His book is thoroughly researched and very well written, and it opens up for the general reader a fascinating and little known era of history. Highly recommended."--John Freely"This is the story of seven centuries of Greek life before Greece became a modern, self-governing nation in the early nineteenth century, told for a new generation and from both the secular and religious viewpoints of the emerging nation. David Brewer writes with verve, a sharp eye for detail, and a finely balanced sense of the moral uncertainties involved in looking back into the past from the point of view of the early twenty-first century."--Roderick Beaton, Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, King's College London
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The author explores many of the myths about Turkish rule pf Greece. He places the Greek story in its wider, international context and casts light on the dynamics of power not only between the Greeks and Ottomans but also between Muslims and Christians.
Main Description
For almost 400 years, between the fall of Constantinople and the Greek War of Independence, the history of Greece is shrouded in mystery, distorted by Greek writers and begging the question: What was life really like for the Greeks under Ottoman rule? In this wide-ranging yet concise history, David Brewer explodes many of the myths about Turkish rule of Greece. He places the Greek story in wider, international context and casts fresh light on the dynamics of power not only between Greeks and Ottomans, but also between Muslims and Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic, throughout Europe. This absorbing account of a crucial period will ensure that the history of Greece under Turkish rule is no longer hidden.
Main Description
In this wide-ranging yet concise history David Brewer explodes many of the myths about Turkish rule of Greece. He places the Greek story in its wider, international context and casts fresh light on the dynamics of power not only between Greeks and Ottomans but also between Muslims and Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic, throughout Europe. This absorbing and riveting account of a crucial period will ensure that the history of Greece under Turkish rule is no longer hidden. It will delight anyone with an interest in Greek and Turkish history and in how the past has shaped the Greece we know today.
Table of Contents
List of Mapsp. vi
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Notes on Pronunciation and Namesp. xi
Prologue - The Greek View of Turkish Rulep. 1
Greece Before the Turksp. 9
1453 - The Fall of Constantinoplep. 20
Sultans and Patriarchsp. 34
The Greek Peasantsp. 44
The Italians in the Aegeanp. 53
Pirates and Slavesp. 66
The Fall of Cyprusp. 77
1571 - Lepantop. 86
Mainland Greece and Town Lifep. 96
The Greek Churchp. 107
Venetian Cretep. 119
1669 - The Turks Take Cretep. 128
Turkish Rule in Cyprus and Cretep. 136
The Changing Ottoman Empirep. 147
Hunger and Diseasep. 157
Travellers to Greecep. 167
1770 - The Orlov Revoltp. 184
Greeks Abroadp. 196
Greeks and the Enlightenmentp. 209
The Enlightenment Attackedp. 225
Prelude to Revolutionp. 235
1821 - The War of Independencep. 246
One Man's War - Nik├│laos Kasomo├║lisp. 256
Some Conclusionsp. 268
Chronologyp. 275
Notesp. 277
Select Bibliographyp. 294
Indexp. 298
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