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Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece 1910-1920 and 1928-1932, could be considered from many points of view the creator of contemporary Greece and one of the main actors in European diplomacy in the period 1910-1935. Yet the last book-length study discussing the man, his politics and his broader role in twentieth-century history appeared in English more than fifty years ago. Now available in paperback, the aspiration of this book is to fill the lacuna by bringing together the concerted research effort of twelve experts on Greek history and politics. It draws on considerable new research that has appeared in Greek in the last quarter century, but does not confine the treatment of the subject to a purely Greek or even Balkan context. Instead, the entire project is oriented toward placing the study of Venizelos' leadership in the broad setting of twentieth-century politics and diplomacy. The complex and often dramatic trajectory of Venizelos' career from Cretan rebel to an admired European statesman is charted in a sequence of chapters that survey his meteoric rise and great achievements in Greek and European politics in the early decades of the twentieth century, amidst violent passions and tragic conflicts. Five further chapters appraise in depth some critical aspects of his policies, while a final chapter offers a glimpse into a great statesman's personal and intellectual world. The book is based on extensive scholarship but it is eminently readable and should appeal to all those interested in twentieth-century history, politics and biography, offering a vivid sense of the hopes and tragedies of Greek and European history in the age of the Great War and of the interwar crisis.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748633647
ISBN-10: 0748633642
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Paschalis M. Kitromilides

Paschalis Kitromilides is Professor of Political Science at the University of Athens and Director, Institute for Neohellenic Research at Greece's National Research Foundation. An authority on the history of political thought and on Modern Greek history and politics, he is the author or editor of over twenty five books and of many scholarly articles in several languages.

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