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Greece, an Amazingly Short History Andrew Mee

Greece, an Amazingly Short History

Andrew Mee

Published April 1st 2005
ISBN : 9780954835132
Paperback
128 pages
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By 1824, the colourful bunch of brigands, idealists and self-seeking opportunists who make up the Greek irregulars are in need of someone to rally round, someone from outside their unruly and quarrelsome ranks. Celebrity poet and romantic idol, LordMoreBy 1824, the colourful bunch of brigands, idealists and self-seeking opportunists who make up the Greek irregulars are in need of someone to rally round, someone from outside their unruly and quarrelsome ranks. Celebrity poet and romantic idol, Lord George Gordon Byron, seems like a gift from the gods when he steps ashore at Missalonghi on 5 January in his brand-new scarlet uniform, bringing publicity, a shipful of armaments and lots of money. True, at thirty-five coming on thirty-six, the good looks which have helped him cut a swathe through the ladies of London have gone slightly to seed, and hes starting to put on weight, but he means well. Small wonder that the Greeks greet him with a fanfare of martial music. Now perhaps, they can start to fight back... This is the story of Greece for those who want to be well informed but dont want to take very long over it. It can be read in about four hours. Its more complete than the brief histories at the front of most popular guide books but shorter than other standard histories. We give a basic outline of the history, told as an easy-to-read narrative, and we include cartoons, maps and tips on where to go. the back and a list of rulers as well as a very thorough index.