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The Greek War of Independence

David Brewer

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"Fresh and compellingBrewer has a keen understanding of the forces and personalities that shaped the Greek war of independence, and his account of the war unfolds with the narrative drive of an exciting historical novel.The Wall Street Journal

The Greek War of Independence is a masterful work-the first comprehensive study in thirty years-of one of the most heroic and bloody struggles for independence any people has ever waged. The Greek struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire was the revolution of the Romantic Age, inspiring painters, poets, and patriots the world over, fired as much by Lord Byron's ringing words and Delacroix's brilliant paintings as by Greece's seemingly hopeless plight.

For nearly four hundred years the Ottoman Turks governed Greece, subjecting the country to crushing and arbitrary tax burdens and its peasants to serfdom; the glories of the ancient past were gone, and under Turkish rule Greece was poor and backward. But inspired by the examples of the American and French revolutions, Napoleon's victories, and the Latin American wars of liberation, the Greek people rose up against their Turkish masters in 1821. For twelve brutal years-years of terrible violence and bloody massacrethe Greeks and the foreign volunteers who flocked to their cause fought until independence was won in 1833.

The Greek War of Independence is certain to be the standard history for many years to come. David Brewer has captured it brilliantly, from the ground upthe heroes and villains, the victories, and tragic defeats. Greece was, as Byron said, a land with a special destiny: "Freedom's home, or Glory's grave."

"Clear-eyedMr. Brewer is especially good at laying out the tangled web of foreign involvement in a war that was both a national liberation struggle and a civil conflictenlightening." The Washington Times

"Rigorously researched, engagingly written and capturing perfectly the dramatic yet tragic course of Greek independence." The Sunday Telegraph

David Brewer was a Classics scholar at Oxford and then studied Modern Greek. The Greek War of Independence, the result of a lifelong interest in the history and culture of Greece, is his first book. He lives in London.

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