A Short History of Modern Greece, 1821-1956

A Short History of Modern Greece, 1821-1956

A Short History of Modern Greece, 1821-1956

A Short History of Modern Greece, 1821-1956

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The entry of Greece into the war in October 1940 has suggested that the present is a suitable occasion for carrying out a project which I have had in mind, and for which I have been collecting material, ever since my return from service in the Army from 1915 to 1919 as an Intelligence Officer in Macedonia and Constantinople. My interest in Modern Greece dates from my first visit to that country in 1900, which was followed by two years' residence there from 1902-4 as a member of the British School of Archæology at Athens and by several visits both before and since the war of 1914-18.

The book falls into three periods.

Part I is a summary of the story of the birth and early struggles of the Greek Kingdom and its history down to the year 1914. It makes no claim to originality and necessarily owes much to the many authors who have dealt with this period in greater detail.

Part II deals with the story of Greece during the war of 1914-18. The political events which occurred at Athens and Salonica during these years were full of dramatic interest, though their significance was overshadowed by much more momentous happenings elsewhere in Europe and Asia; an account of what was occurring in the political sphere in Greece and its connexion with the military operations may be of interest to the general reader and, in particular, to those who spent many long months with the forces based on Salonica and must often have wondered exactly what was happening in the rest of Greece, and how it was that political events delayed for so long the advance of the Army which, after three years of waiting, achieved the glorious victory of September 1918 and drove a nail into the coffin of the . . .

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