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Old 03-29-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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Default Huge uproar in Greece over a tv documentary called 1821 (Greek independance)

TV documentary 1821 angers nationalist Greeks
A television documentary about the Greek independence struggle against the Ottomans aired by Greece’s Skai channel has angered clerics and hard core nationalists who accused the producers of being biased in favor of the Ottomans.

The eight-part documentary called 1821, the date when the Greeks insurrected against the Ottomans in Morea, today called Peloponnese, at the southern tip of the Greek mainland, aims to present an objective narrative of history. The documentary was produced and presented by the Greek writer Petros Tatsopoulos with an impressive team of international historians including William St. Clair of University of London, Thanos Veremis of Athens University and Fikret Adanir, professor of history at Istanbul’s Sabanci University.

The initial episodes also refer to the conquest of Greece by the Ottomans in the 15th Century and point out that the standard of living and amount of agricultural produce increased after the conquest that came just after a devastating epidemic of “black death.” But the part that must have been the most disturbing for the far right circles and some clerics in Greece is when the documentary describes the initial uprising as a religious war against the Muslims in Morea that resulted in the killing of some 20,000 Muslim men, women and children during the first few weeks of the insurrection. According to the documentary, Christian peasants were incited to rebellion by priests and leaders of the rebellion like Theodoros Kolokotronis who is a national hero in Greece, by untrue rumors that the Russian Czar had occupied Constantinople and his armies were coming to liberate Orthodox Greeks from the Ottoman yoke.

The documentary also describes dramatically the bloodbath that followed the siege of Tripolitsa, the capital town of Peloponnese under the Ottomans.

Tatsopoulos, the narrator of the documentary said at an interview that he was expecting some negative reaction but not to such an extent. He said most of the harsh reaction was coming from bloggers and internet sites.

“From the beginning I was expecting positive and negative reactions. But I did not expect that they were to be expressed in such a violent manner. Although the negative reactions are definitely less compared to the positive ones but when you face insults such as ‘agent on the payroll’ or ‘servant of foreigners’ or even worse…. I confess I was not expecting such violence; and not only me as a matter of fact, but none of the contributors were expecting such a thing,” Tatsopoulos said.

The chief consultant Prof. Veremis of the documentary also got his share of rancor from the rightwing LAOS party, the deputies of which asked for an explanation from the Minister of Culture Pavlos Geroulanos pointing out to what they termed as “distortion of Greek history” in the documentary. In the written demand for an explanation the LAOS deputies claimed that Veremis was pushing the idea of a confederation between Greece and Turkey.

Anthimos, the metropolite of Salonica who is known for his anti-Turkish comments also joined the critics at a Sunday sermon saying that the documentary was “a destruction of history as we knew it until today.”

Apparently, this document shed some light on the truth about 1821, Greek war of independence, like 1821 was just a religious war, realized and perpetuated by the western Europeans and local Greek priests. Also the brutal massacre of ~20.000 muslims, leading to total annihilation of Greek, Albanian and obviously Turkish muslims in just a week at Morea. I bet this was quite a shock for ordinary Greeks who only fed with the myths of usual Greek propaganda for more than a century.

This was also in the news on Turkish websites. There was some extracts from the documentary;
  • Especially in 15-16th century, Greek speaking population has been increased a lot and they became the most richest group among all christians in Ottoman empire
  • The thing about Greek boys secretly getting education in caves(krifo sholio) during the entire Ottoman era, was just a lie!

    "LOL what? Is that whats being thought in Greece? while it`s a fact that first ever christian theology university has been built by Mehmed II. in 1454 and awarded to the Phanariots."
  • Turks and Greeks was living together and there was no christian ghettos no where in Ottoman empire. Intermarriages between Greeks and Turks was very common!
  • Greeks was quite indistinguishable from the Turks in appearance and clothing. Western style clothing and western people was generally despised among Greeks.
  • After Ottoman conquest, Greek farmers has been rescued from the grasp of feudal lords and they became the owner of their lands, fields and just paid taxes to the Ottoman government according to the value of their harvests

There is a link to watch the full documentary in eight episodes but it`s in Greek language only;

P.S: I wonder if they also mentioned about the fact that most of the so-called Greeks of Morea was actually christian Albanians and after their liberation, their priests preached in the churches like "you gonna quit speaking your barbaric tongues(Arvanite, Vlacho Roman etc.) in the favor of Greek language" and then how British and other western European linguists formed modern Greek language and then set up schools to teach it to the mob.

If they didn't mention about that now, then maybe for the next documentary at 2021, 200th anniversary of it

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