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Russia and the Making of Modern Greek Identity, 1821–1844$
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Lucien J. Frary

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733775.001.0001

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Russia and the Movement for Greek Independence

Russia and the Movement for Greek Independence

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(p.18) Chapter 1 Russia and the Movement for Greek Independence
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Russia and the Making of Modern Greek Identity, 1821–1844
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Lucien J. Frary

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733775.003.0002

Although Greek ties with Russia are very old, this chapter sketches Russia’s concern with the movement for Greek independence from the 1770s until the assassination of President Kapodistrias in 1831 and its aftermath. It establishes a foundation for an understanding of Russia’s relationship to the Greek kingdom and provides the historical context for the avenues of political and religious intervention once the state gained sovereignty. The chapter summarizes the main events leading to the formation of the Greek nation-state, with particular emphasis on the period from the Battle of Navarino in 1827 to 1833. The reports of Russian ministers, officers, agents, and consuls in areas within and near the zones of contact between Greek rebels and Ottoman forces provide unique vantage points from which to illuminate tsarist personnel choices and policy formation in the decades of nation-state engineering to follow.

Keywords:   Russian–Greek relations, Russian foreign policy, Greek War of Independence, Russian–Ottoman Wars, Battle of Navarino, Ioannis Kapodistrias, Eastern Question

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