Thomas Gallant

The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, 1768 to 1913

(Edinburgh University Press)

Often referred to as the ‘Long Nineteenth Century,’ this period witnessed the establishment of a Greek nation-state which had a profound impact on the Greeks everywhere.
Innovatively situating the story of the Greeks into a broader Ottoman and Mediterranean context, Thomas Gallant presents the most in-depth exploration of Greek society and culture available in any language. This is a substantive and original contribution to the study of the Greek people during the Modern period.

Key features:

An interdisciplinary approach bridges history, anthropology and archaeology
Emphasises social history, including an in-depth discussion of Greek rural society and economy
Brings Greek history and Ottoman history into dialogue in a way that hasn’t been done before
Includes over 70 figures – maps, illustrations, tables and line drawings – which illustrate the key aspects of Greek social life


Adjudicating Committee verdict:

Thomas Gallant’s volume (1768-1913) is a dramatic, entertaining narrative of war and revolution, following the years of the Greek enlightenment, the War of Independence and the early years of the new nation state.  The story of the Greeks, we learn, cannot be separated from the tension between the Great Powers (Russia, France, Britain) as the Ottoman Empire fell into decline, with repercussions which are still being felt in the world today.