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Now re-issued in a third, updated edition, this book provides a concise, illustrated introduction to the modern history of Greece, from the first stirrings of the national movement in the late eighteenth century to the present day. The current economic crisis has marked a turning point in the country's history. This third edition includes a new final chapter, which analyses contemporary political, economic and social developments. It includes additional illustrations together with updated tables and suggestions for further reading. Designed to provide a basic introduction, the first edition of this hugely successful Concise History won the Runciman Award for the best book on an Hellenic topic published in 1992 and has been translated into twelve languages.


Review of previous edition:'Succinct, accurate and graphic … Readers who go no further than this concise history will have at their disposal the basic knowledge to understand Greece and what made it what it is today.'

Source: The Times Literary Supplement

Review of previous edition:'A vigorous, well-written … and occasionally humorous view of Greek history since 1770, remarkable in the amount of information and context it provides.'

Diana Wright Source: Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Review of previous edition:'Anyone who wants an accurate and lively narrative of Greece's political history could not do better than this book.'

Source: The Times Literary Supplement

Review of previous edition:'It is a highly accessible and readable introduction to Greek history as well as a useful reference source on modern Greece.'

Source: European Legacy Journal

Review of previous edition:‘Time for only one book? Make it Richard Clogg's A Concise History of Greece.'

Michael Kerr Source: ‘The Best Summer Holiday Reads', The Telegraph

Review of previous edition:‘Professor Clogg's slim and lively volume intersperses an authoritative account of the last 200 years of Greek history with a sensitive analysis of the Greek national character.'

John Torode Source: The Independent

Review of previous edition:'… provides a thorough insight to what made Greece the way it is today … Written in a readable style rather than as a reference book, it has enough detail for the scholar and clarity for those with a more general interest in Greek history.'

Source: Greek-o-File

Review of previous edition:‘Far and away the best summary of the subject.'

Source: Insight Guides: Greece

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Guide To Further Reading
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Campbell, John and Sherrard, Philip, Modern Greece (London: Ernest Benn, 1968)
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Greeks Abroad
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Roudometof, Victor and Makrides, Vasilios N., eds., Orthodox Christianity in 21st-century Greece: the role of religion in culture, ethnicity and politics (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010)


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