Eleftherios Venizelos: Greece (Makers of the Modern World) by Andrew Dalby

By Andrew Dalby

The Greek major Minister Eleftherios Venizelos (1864–1936) was once one of many stars of the Paris Peace convention, impressing some of the Western delegates, already possessed of a romantic view of 'the grandeur that used to be Greece', together with his allure and oratorical kind. He gained aid for his country's territorial goals in Asia Minor, the 'Great notion' of a revived Hellenic empire controlling the Aegean and stretching to the Black Sea. Venizelos had gained this aid by means of bringing Greece into the conflict at the Allied aspect, yet in doing so he had cut up his nation, and so one can safe his government's place he needed to convey territorial earnings on the rate of the Ottoman Empire. It was once the Greek profession of Asia Minor, in spite of the fact that, that spurred the Turks to aid Mustafa Kemal and resulted no longer within the construction of a better Greece however the glossy Republic of Turkey. The clash among Greece and Turkey started the stress among the 2 states that has persevered for the earlier ninety years and is so much basically obvious within the dispute over the divided island of Cyprus. The Paris Peace meetings have been the place the fashionable close to East, with all its difficulties of competing nationalisms and ethnic divisions, was once created, and Venizelos's Greece was once the most important participant during this process.

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