Greece, the Hidden Centuries

Greece, the Hidden Centuries : Turkish Rule from the Fall of Constantinople to Greek Independence

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For almost four hundred years, between the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the Greek War of Independence, the history of Greece is shrouded in mystery: distorted by Greek writers and largely neglected by others. What was life really like for the Greeks under Ottoman rule? Was it a period of exploitation and enslavement for the Greeks until they were finally able to rise up against Turkish rule, as is the traditional, Greek nationalistic view? Or did the Greeks derive some benefit from Turkish rule? How did the Greeks and Turks co-exist for so long? And, why are Greek attitudes towards Venice, who also controlled much of Greece for many of these years, so different? 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 155 x 228 x 25.4mm | 512g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 22 in 16pp b&w plate section
  • 1780762380
  • 9781780762388
  • 42,847

Table of contents

Illustrations [To follow]
A note on pronunciation
A note on names
Prologue 1
1. Greece before the Turks 9
2. 1453- The Fall of Constantinople 25
3. Sultans and Patriarchs 45
4. The Greek Peasants 60
5. The Italians in the Aegean 73
6. Pirates and Slaves 92
7. The Fall of Cyprus 108
8. 1571- Lepanto 122
9. Mainland Greece and Town Life 136
10. The Greek Church 151
11. Venetian Crete 169
12. 1669- The Turks Take Crete 182
13. Turkish Rule in Cyprus and Crete 193
14. The Changing Ottoman Empire 208
15. Hunger and Disease 223
16. Travellers to Greece 239
17. 1770- The Orlov Revolt 263
18. Greeks Abroad 281
19. Greeks and the Enlightenment 300
20. The Enlightenment Attacked 323
21. Prelude to Revolution 337
22. 1821- The War of Independence 354
23. One Man's War - Nikolaos Kasomoulis 369
24. Some Conclusions 386

Notes 396
Chronology 423
Select bibliography 427
Index [ To follow]
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Review quote

"'by far the best work that I have read on the...centuries when what is now Greece was under the rule of the Ottoman Turks. His book is thoroughly researched and very well written. Highly recommended.' (John Freely) 'will remain a classic study for many years to come. No other author has trawled such depth of detail so profitably over so wide an area for such a long passage of time.' (Alan Palmer)"
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About David Brewer

David Brewer is the author of The Flame of Freedom: The Greek War of Independence, 1821-1833. After studying Classics at Oxford University he divided his working life between teaching, journalism and business before dedicating himself to the study of the history of Greece.
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