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THE SHORTEST HISTORY OF GREECE

Heneage, James

Εκδότης Old Street Publishing , ISBN 9781910400869

Philosophy, art, democracy, language, even computers – our world has
been shaped by the products of Greek civilisation. Yet most of us know
little about a people and a place that have given us so much. Pericles and
the Parthenon might ring a bell, but what of Epaminondas, the Theban
general who saved the Greek world from Spartan tyranny? Alexander
the Great’s fame has rolled down the centuries, but the glorious
Hellenistic Age that came after him is largely forgotten. ‘Byzantine’
often conjures a vague notion of decadence and deadly intrigue, yet
the 1,000-year empire ruled from Constantinople saved Europe twice
from invasion and was, in fact, Greek.
The story of modern Greece, too, is a dramatic tale of triumph and
catastrophe, from liberation and expansion through schism and home-
grown dictatorship, Nazi occupation and civil war to today’s nation –
battered by austerity, a transit camp for the casualties of the Middle
East, at the front-line of climate change – yet still proud of its values.
In The Shortest History of Greece, James Heneage charts the
odyssey of the Greeks through more than three millennia. As he
does so, he uncovers a vital lesson – one that may just help us fix our
own democracies.

Περίληψη

Philosophy, art, democracy, language, even computers – our world has
been shaped by the products of Greek civilisation. Yet most of us know
little about a people and a place that have given us so much. Pericles and
the Parthenon might ring a bell, but what of Epaminondas, the Theban
general who saved the Greek world from Spartan tyranny? Alexander
the Great’s fame has rolled down the centuries, but the glorious
Hellenistic Age that came after him is largely forgotten. ‘Byzantine’
often conjures a vague notion of decadence and deadly intrigue, yet
the 1,000-year empire ruled from Constantinople saved Europe twice
from invasion and was, in fact, Greek.
The story of modern Greece, too, is a dramatic tale of triumph and
catastrophe, from liberation and expansion through schism and home-
grown dictatorship, Nazi occupation and civil war to today’s nation –
battered by austerity, a transit camp for the casualties of the Middle
East, at the front-line of climate change – yet still proud of its values.
In The Shortest History of Greece, James Heneage charts the
odyssey of the Greeks through more than three millennia. As he
does so, he uncovers a vital lesson – one that may just help us fix our
own democracies.

Πληροφορίες προϊόντος

  • Συγγραφέας Heneage, James
  • Eκδότης Old Street Publishing
  • ISBN 9781910400869
  • Κωδικός Ευριπίδη 040100076812
  • Έτος κυκλοφορίας 2021
  • Σελίδες 384
  • Διαστάσεις
  • Βάρος 350 gr

Heneage, James

Συγγραφέας

James Heneage is the founder of the Ottakars chain of bookshops and the co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival. He has been fascinated by history, in particular Byzantine history, since a child. He now lives part of the year in the Peloponnese, where he has written much of his fiction to date. Otherwise he lives near Salisbury with his wife and family.

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