In what is certain to be the standard history for many years to come, David Brewer has captured the period brilliantly, from the ground upâthe heroes and villains, the victories, and the tragic defeats. Greece was, as Byron said, a land with a special destiny: âFreedomâs home, or Gloryâs grave.âThe Greek War of Independence is a masterful workâthe first comprehensive study in thirty yearsâof one of the most heroic and bloody struggles for independence any people has ever waged. This was the revolution of the Romantic Age, inspiring painters, poets, and patriots the world over, fired as much by Lord Byronâs ringing words and Delacroixâs brilliant paintings as by Greeceâs 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, Napoleonâs victories, and the Latin American wars of liberation, the Greek people rose up against their Turkish masters in 1821. For twelve brutal yearsâa time of terrible violence and bloody massacreâthe Greeks and the foreign volunteers who flocked to their cause fought until independence was won in 1833.
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