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Eleftherios Venizelos

The Trials of Statesmanship

Paschalis M. Kitromilides

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Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece 1910-1920 and 1928-1932, is regarded by many as the creator of contemporary Greece and one of the main actors in European diplomacy during his time in office.

This book draws on considerable new research and places 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 amidst violent passions and tragic conflicts. Further chapters appraise in depth some critical aspects of his policies, while a conclusion offers a glimpse into a great statesman's personal and intellectual world.

Key Features

  • Based on extensive scholarship
  • Eminently readable, appealing to all those interested in twentieth-century history, politics and biography
  • Offers 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

Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on transliteration
Introduction. Perspectives on a Leader
I: SETTING THE STAGE
1. A Century of Revolutions. The Cretan Question between European and Near Eastern Politics
2. Venizelos’ Early Life and Political Career in Crete
(1864-1910)
II: THE DRAMA OF HIGH POLITICS
3. Venizelos’ Advent in Greek Politics, 1909-1912
4. Protagonist in Politics,1912-1920
5. Venizelos’ Diplomacy 1910-1923: From Balkan
Alliance to Greek-Turkish Settlement
6. Reconstructing Greece as a European State: Venizelos’ Last Premiership, 1928-1932
7. I. S. Koliopoulos: The Last Years, 1933-1936
III: THE CONTENT OF POLITICAL ACTION
8. Eleftherios Venizelos and the Experiment of Inclusive Constitutionalism
9. Venizelos and Civil-Military Relations
10. Venizelos and Economic Policy
11. Modernisation and reaction in Greek education during the Venizelos era
12. Andreas Nanakis: Venizelos and Church-State Relations 351
IV: OFFSTAGE
13. Venizelos’ Intellectual Projects and Cultural Interests
Contributors

About the Author

Paschalis Kitromilides is Professor of Political Science at the University of Athens and Director, Institute for Neohellenic Research at Greece's National Research Foundation. An authority on the history of political thought and on Modern Greek history and politics, he is the author or editor of over twenty five books and of many scholarly articles in several languages.