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Brilliant,sensitive with a balanced perspective!
on 4 October 2010
As a Historian and avid reader , you often find books on history written in a style quite rigid and and academic where the authors are constantly trying to prove their intellect.These books I find extremely disappointing and dont usually finish them.However David Brewer has written brilliantly on a topic extremely difficult and quite contraversial in perspective,Greece under Turkish- Ottoman rule. Very well researched,in a very readable conversational style I enjoyed every chapter and was eager to finish the book.Balanced perspectives were presented from a large cross-section of primary and secondary sources, and all aspects of Greek life were tackled (social,economic,education,class ,religion etc )not limiting his research to primarily political issues. I liked the fact that details such as health ,dress, and daily activities were discussed ,attention was given to the different regions -mainland Greeced and the islands ,giving the reader an excellent perspective of what happened during these 400 years . What a wonderful book with an effort of genuineness and honesty about the times!