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Greece, the Hidden Centuries


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Contents Illustrations [To follow] Acknowledgements A note on pronunciation A note on names Maps 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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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? This title explodes myths about Turkish rule of Greece.

About the Author

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.


"'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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