200th Anniversary of Greek Independence
The HCO Yearbook Committee compiled a wonderfully rich and detailed history on the 1821 Greek War of Independence.
You can download the PDF below in English, French, or Greek
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On March 25, 2021, Greece celebrated 200 years since the start of its struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire with a ceremony to mark a new beginning after years of financial crisis.
Prince Charles, heir to the British throne and whose father Prince Philip was born in Corfu as part of the Greek royal family, attended the annual independence day parade, as did Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
Soon after taking power in 2019, the Conservative government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the celebrations as a symbol that Greece was back after a decade-long financial crisis that left half of young Greeks unemployed and sent some 500,000 people abroad in search of work.
“The challenge for our generation, 200 years after the ‘Revolution of National Rebirth,’ is to make it a ‘Revolution of National Reinvigoration’,” Mitsotakis said in televised remarks.
After nearly 400 years under Ottoman Turkish rule, Greek revolutionaries launched an uprising in 1821. With help from foreign sympathizers including Britain, France, and Russia, Greece gained its independence in 1832.