This historical essay explores Greece in the 1990s. It seeks to illuminate vital aspects of the Greek phenomenon using themes such as politics, institutions, society, ideology, foreign policy, geography and culture. Founding principles, the inspiration of the founding fathers, are juxtaposed with indigenous norms and practices, and the outcome of the tension between opposing forces are assessed. This commentary on issues raised about Greece in the last decade of the twentieth century challenges the established notions and stereotypes that disfigure the perceptions of country
‘A compelling analysis of the complexities of the struggle for independence in the 1820s and of the impassioned debates as to the form of government appropriate to a regenerated Greece. … Particular strengths of the book are the discussion of the symbiotic relationship between banditry, irredentism and politics in the nineteenth century and the insight offered into the afterlife of the Macedonian struggle in northern Greece in the 1940s.’ — Richard Clogg, Times Literary Supplement
‘An original reflection on the history of modern Greece … The authors dispose of pious fallacies without constructing new ones; they raise questions rather than provide answers-sure signs of the historian’s critical mind at work.’ — Stevan Pavlowitch, Journal of South East European and Black Sea Studies
‘Meticulously researched … Thoroughly documented with copious footnotes, a chronology, and extensive bibliography, this work is recommended for academic libraries.’ — Library Journal
John S. Koliopoulos is Professor of Modern Greek History at the University of Thessaloniki.
Thanos Veremis is Professor of Political History at Athens University.