The Shortest History of Greece

The Shortest History of Greece

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From ancient glory to recent struggles, this vivid chronicle of the Greeks illuminates our origins and uncovers urgent lessons for today. The Shortest History books deliver thousands of years of history in one riveting, fast-paced read.

Philosophy, art, democracy, language, even computers—the products of Greek civilization have profoundly shaped our world. Pericles and the Parthenon may be familiar, but what of Epaminondas, the Theban general who saved the Greek world from Spartan tyranny? Alexander the Great’s fame has rolled down the centuries, but the glorious Hellenistic Age that followed is largely forgotten. “Byzantine” often conjures a vague notion of decadence and deadly intrigue, yet the thousand-year empire that ruled from Constantinople and saved Europe from invasion twice was, in fact, Greek.

Modern Greece’s story, too, is one of catastrophe and triumph, from liberation and expansion, through schism, home-grown dictatorship, Nazi occupation, and civil war to today’s nation—battered by austerity, a transit camp for the Middle East’s casualties, at the front line of climate change, yet still proud of its values.

The Shortest History of Greece charts the Greek odyssey through three millennia, uncovering vital lessons that can help us fix our own democracies.