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By Thanos Veremis, Mark Dragoumis

ISBN-10: 0585029105

ISBN-13: 9780585029108

ISBN-10: 1851092862

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Another attraction was the expert guidance offered by such accomplished scholars on the 'Greek world' as John Campbell of Oxford University, Page xxvii Anthony Bryer of the University of Birmingham and Richard Clogg of King's College, London. After the long delayed fall of the junta in 1974, the trend shifted towards Greece itself. Since the mid-1970s Athens and Thessaloniki, with their universities, centres of research, private foundations, scholarly journals and high-quality publications subsidized by the major banks, have been at the heart of this modern effort to implement the Socratic injunction: 'know thyself'.

At least two Sultans seriously considered forcing all Greeks to convert to Islam: however, common sense prevailed -because as Muslims they would no longer have to pay the excess taxes, non-Muslims were allowed to keep their faith. After the death in 1566 of Suleiman I, known to the Ottomans as the Lawgiver and to the West as the Magnificent, the Empire ceased to expand. As its peculiar system, which combined feudalism with elements of despotism, started to decline while its foundations based on conquest crumbled away, the Greeks became a very important source of revenue for the Sultan's coffers.

Members of a mercantile aristocracy, active throughout the Levant, the Phanariots formed an educated, wealthy and influential élite that contributed significantly to the Sultan's finances. They became imperial tax farmers, purveyors to the Court, they undertook contract work and gained control of the Black Sea wheat trade. The Ottomans were contemptuous of commerce themselves but were eager to collect taxes and import duties from their 'infidel' subjects who were skilled practitioners in these fields.

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