The first book on the modern history of Greece and the revolution of 1821 in the Serbian language is a fact from June 16, 2021 in Serbia. It is a historical book entitled “Greece: War for independence, state formation and polygenesis of the nation”. In its 416 pages, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Greece Dusan Spasojevic sheds light on a series of historical events that led to the establishment of the first independent Balkan state in modern times.
The anniversary of the two hundred years of the Revolution of 1821 was the opportunity to seize the writer to grapple with the modern history of Greece. Gathering data from historiographical sources, memoirs and raw material, Spasojevic included the struggle for the liberation of the Greeks in the wider context of the Balkans and Europe. In this light, this important book refers to the conditions of the Ottoman yoke, under which the national movement developed and spread, through the different perceptions, plans and interests of its leaders and European ideologues and politicians.
Such a essay could not fail to refer to the religious factor, to the unbreakable relations of the Greeks with the Orthodox populations of the Balkans, to their contribution to the formation of the state and the palingenesis of the nation. What makes this book special are the two chapters that refer to Crete, during the period of Venetian rule and the Ottoman Empire, as well as the contribution of the Cretans to the struggle for independence. The author refers to Crete, believing that this will help the reader to better understand modern Greece.
Spasojevic introduces the reader to a complex set of opposing relations of the great European powers (Russia, Great Britain and France) on the policy towards the Ottoman Empire, the course and meaning of the revolution, their role in supporting the Greek revolutionaries and the long-term influences. It analyzes in depth the connection between the Serbian and Greek movements, the mutual relations and influences, but also the different paths of these movements.
The book is prefaced by Spyridon Sfetas, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Balkan History at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Milan Ristović, distinguished Historian and University Professor. Mile Bjelajac, a distinguished historian and director of the Institute of Modern History, also writes reviews.
The Institute of Modern History and the Institute of European Studies together with the “Čigoja štampa” Publishing House and the Šaper Foundation have collaborated to publish this special book.
The publication of the book has already received significant publicity in Serbia with references in print and electronic media.
Professor DarkoTanaskovic, Vecernje (Novosti)
“Serbs love but do not know the Greeks. They do not know their history, their language, their politics … They walk on the street that bears the resounding and at the same time enigmatic name of Rigas Feraios, without, however, collecting what name this street bears. Spasojevic, penetrating the Greek consciousness in a professional and humane way, has delved into Greek history, learned the language and adopted an analytical approach to the diverse Greek politics. With this book, he gave us much more than a reliable guide to the period during which the Greek state and the modern nation were created, a valuable epistemological starting point for a full understanding of the image of the Greeks.
Radivoj Cvetićanin, (Danas)
“This is an encyclopedic inspiration book. Spasojevic reveals to us on a large scale the new Greece and the difficult struggle for independence. But, like Slobodan Jovanovic, an example for Spasojevic, he sees the story as a perfect, wonderful narrative. Such a story tells us here as well. ”
Bosko Jaksic, (Politics)
“When an Ambassador, instead of formally fulfilling his mandate, devotes himself essentially to getting to know the country in which he serves, to learning its language, to studying the past and the present, then we have a book that marks the two hundredth anniversary of his “The struggle of the Greeks for independence is an occasion for Dusan Spasojevic to contribute to the history of Greece, Serbia, the Balkans and Europe by clearly writing a historically detailed book.”
Dr. Mile Bjelajac
“With his beautifully written book, Ambassador Spasojevic in a special way brings every part of Greece closer to every Serb, tourist or journalist. The story of the great revolution and independence creates in the readers an image of our own historical sufferings under Turkish rule, as well as an image of that generation that had the courage and perseverance to rise up against any force. The reader will recognize the eternal game of the Great Powers in the Balkans, but also the sacrifices of small and brave peoples for their own interests. After this book, with a different look we will see from the ship Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania, Patras or other places, monasteries and villages inland “./ibna