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Eleftherios Venizelos The Trials of Statesmanship

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ISBN-10: 0748633642

ISBN-13: 9780748633647

Edition: 2008

Authors: Paschalis M. Kitromilides

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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. 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 some glimpses 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

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 6/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Paschalis M Kitromilides is professor of political science at the University of Athens.

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration; Abbreviations
Plates to be found between pages 212 and 213
Introduction: Perspectives on a Leader
Setting the Stage
A Century of Revolutions: The Cretan Question between European and Near Eastern Politics
Venizelos' Early Life and Political Career in Crete, 1864-1910
The Drama of High Politics
Venizelos' Advent in Greek Politics, 1909-12
Protagonist in Politics, 1912-20
Venizelos' Diplomacy, 1910-23: From Balkan Alliance to Greek-Turkish Settlement
Reconstructing Greece as a European State: Venizelos' Last Premiership, 1928-32
The Last Years, 1933-6
The Content of Political Action
The Experiment of Inclusive Constitutionalism, 1909-32
Venizelos and Civil-Military Relations
Venizelos and Economic Policy
Modernisation and Reaction in Greek Education during the Venizelos Era
Venizelos and Church-State Relations
Offstage
Venizelos' Intellectual Projects and Cultural Interests
List of Contributors
Index