For almost four hundred years, between the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the Greek War of Independence, the history of Greece is shrouded in mystery: distorted by Greek writers and largely neglected by others. What was life really like for the Greeks under Ottoman rule? Was it a period of exploitation and enslavement for the Greeks until they were finally able to rise up against Turkish(More)
About The Author
David Brewer was first a Classics scholar at Oxford and afterwards learned modern Greek. He lives in London.
The period from 1453 to 1830, the Tourkokratia, or Turkish rule, has generally been described in Greek textbooks as one of unremitting tyranny. Brewer draws a different picture. Synthesizing recent trends in scholarship, he argues that the sultans kept taxes reasonable, permitted education, limited slavery, and granted freedom of worship. Generally, churches were (More)
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