Greek Independence Essay

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Greek Independence





Greek Independence

The Greek war of Independence was the result of several factors. One of the most important
events was the Orlov Rebellion of 1778-79. Inspired by the belief that Russia’s war with
the Turks that countries were ready to liberate all the Christians in the Ottoman Empire,
a short-lived uprising took place in the Peloponnesus, in the beginning of 1778. This
venture however failed because of poor organisation, but it set a model for violent
resistance to Ottoman rule. The Orlov Rebellion also urged brutal measures by the Sublime
Porte (the Ottoman government) which increased anger against the empire.


The intellectual basis of nationalism came form the rich and prominent diaspore Greeks of
the eighteenth century. Two leaders of that group were Adamantios Korais and Rigas
Velestinlis. Korais argued the education of Greeks about their ancient heritage was the
path towards freedom. Velestinlis wrote a blueprint for a new Greek state that would rise
from the ashes of revolution against the Ottoman empire. Needless to say he was executed
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