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New Perspectives on the Greek War of Independence

Myths, Realities, Legacies and Reflections

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  • Presents new research on the Greek War of Independence

  • Connects the war to wider European and Asian history

  • Considers the importance of the Greek War of Independence for the present moment

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Table of contents (14 chapters)


About this book

This book marks the 200-year anniversary of uprisings in the Ottoman Balkans between February and March 1821, which became known in the West as the beginnings of the Greek War of Independence (1821–1832), and led to the formation of the modern Greek state. It explores the war and its impact on societies involved by delving into the myths that surround it, the realities that have often been ignored or suppressed, and its lasting legacies on national identities and histories. It also explores memory and commemoration in Greece, in other countries impacted, and the Greek diaspora. This book offers a fresh perspective on this pivotal event in Greek, Ottoman, Balkan, Mediterranean, European, and world histories. It presents new research and reflections to connect the war to wider history and to understand its importance across the last 200 years.


“This is a timely collection by a strong line up of scholars, who collectively underscore the importance of the Greek Revolution as an event of global significance, which is certainly how it was seen at the time.” (Nicholas Doumanis, University of New South Wales, Australia)

“This richly textured collection contributes both nuance and precision to our understanding of the emergence of Greece as an independent nation-state. The authors offer new and variegated perspectives on the complex and often poorly-understood ideologies, identities, allegiances, and rivalries that shaped the path to nationhood, thereby suggesting why some of these clearly influential aspects have largely disappeared from conventional accounts both in Greece and abroad.” (Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University, USA)

“Amidst the abundance of the scholarship on the Greek Revolution, this collection stands out, as it brings together new voices and themes combining them with older questions. Scholars interested in the Greek Revolution, its transnational and local dimensions, its commercial and violent aspects, its echo around the world, its poetic expression, and its legacies throughout the last 200 years, will find much that is new and original here.” (Konstantina Zanou, Columbia University, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

    Yianni Cartledge, Andrekos Varnava

About the editors

Yianni Cartledge is a PhD candidate at Flinders University, South Australia. His research explores migration from the Aegean islands to the English-speaking world between the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With a passion for Greek, Ottoman, Australian, and British histories, his current case studies include the Ikarians of South Australia and the Chiots of London. This is his first edited volume.

Andrekos Varnava is Professor of Imperial History at Flinders University, South Australia. He has published four monographs and more than 50 peer-reviewed articles/book chapters on the history of the British Empire, specifically in Cyprus, on the Armenian Question, and on British and Australian migration histories. This is his eleventh edited volume. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: New Perspectives on the Greek War of Independence

  • Book Subtitle: Myths, Realities, Legacies and Reflections

  • Editors: Yianni Cartledge, Andrekos Varnava

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-10848-8Published: 25 November 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-10851-8Published: 25 November 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-10849-5Published: 23 November 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 357

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Modern History, European History, Political History, Social History

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