NEW YORK – The Pan-Macedonian Association USA hosts the presentation of the book The Chronicle of the Revolution 1821- In the Fire, with Blood and Ink by Konstantinos Gkioulekas, a Member of the Hellenic Parliament, lawyer, and journalist, on Thursday, March 24, 7 PM, at the Pan-Macedonian Studies Center, 149-14 14th Avenue in Whitestone. The event is in association with the Hellenic Federations of Chicago, Philadelphia, and Houston.
Historical texts written under fire, documents of the time, and handwritten newspapers by the revolutionaries are among the materials utilized by Gkioulekas, the chairman of the Standing Committee on National Defense and Foreign Affairs of the Greek Parliament, during his research that lasted three decades, for this book on the Revolution of 1821.
This collector’s edition is a three-volume work of 1,300 pages, entitled The Chronicle of the Revolution through the Newspapers of the Rebirth, 1821: In the Fire, with Blood and Ink, 1821-1831, from the Uprising to the Creation of the Greek State. For each of the 11 years covered in the work, there is a detailed chronology with the most important events as well as hundreds of newspaper articles and excerpts with the relevant comments of the author.
The edition is enriched with items from the Revolution, excerpts from the memoirs of the fighters but also various historical thematic sections, all framed by perhaps the most complete iconography that has ever been collected in a work on the Revolution.
Gkioulekas, a Thessaloniki native, will present the book on March 24 with Pan-Macedonian President Dimitris Filippidis serving as moderator.
“This three-volume work of 1300 pages is a record of the revolution, just as the revolutionaries of 1821 recorded it, in the newspapers they published as soon as they liberated some areas,” Gkioulekas told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA). “These texts that were written under fire, with blood and ink literally at the time when Greeks were anxious if they will even survive, together with my comments, constitute this book. They are the least enlightened aspects of the Revolution, the voice of the revolutionaries themselves as they recorded the events in the way they saw them then.”
As he pointed out to AMNA: “1821 was not only glorious, but also had its dark sides, the two great civil conflicts, it is another aspect of the Revolution and it is shocking that the Greeks, from the first moment they revolted, with handwritten newspapers record the facts. Fake news was also circulating to boost the morale of the revolutionaries, such as that the Russians, with 300,000 troops, were going to the city, to the capital of the Ottoman Empire, adding that we are not fighting on our own, but the great nation of the Russians is at our side.”
Among the distinguished invited guests are Hellenic American Leadership Council Executive Director Endy Zemenides, Strategic Analyst Nikos Lygeros, and U.S. Congressman Gus Bilirakis.
The book is available in Greek online.
The event will be live streamed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/j5K6Rz0-rHg and on the following Facebook pages:
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