Eleftherios Venizelos: The Trials of Statesmanship: The Trials of Statesmanship

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Paschalis M. Kitromilides
Edinburgh University Press, Jun 26, 2006 - Political Science - 384 pages
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 has appeared in English more than fifty years ago. The aspiration of the present book is to fill this lacuna by bringing together the concerted research effort of twelve experts on Greek history and politics. The book draws on considerable new research that has appeared in Greek in the last quarter century, but does not confine the treatment of the subject in a purely Greek or even Balkan context. 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 chartered out 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 essays 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 it 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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Perspectives on a Leader
PART I Setting the Stage
The Cretan Question between European and Near Eastern Politics
2 Venizelos Early Life and Political Career in Crete 18641910
PART II The Drama of High Politics
3 Venizelos Advent in Greek Politics 190912
4 Protagonist in Politics 191220
From Balkan Alliance to GreekTurkish Settlement
PART III The Content of Political Action
8 The Experiment of Inclusive Constitutionalism 190932
9 Venizelos and CivilMilitary Relations
10 Venizelos and Economic Policy
11 Modernisation and Reaction in Greek Education during the Venizelos Era
12 Venizelos and ChurchState Relations
PART IV Offstage

Venizelos Last Premiership 192832
7 The Last Years 19336

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Paschalis M. Kitromilides is Professor of Political Science at the University of Athens

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