That Greece Might Still Be Free: The Philhellenes in the War of Independence - cover image


William St Clair

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  • English

Print Length

440 pages (xxi + 419)


Paperback156 x 25 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.97" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 27 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.06" x 9.21")


Paperback1485g (52.38oz)
Hardback1866g (65.82oz)



OCLC Number





  • HBJD
  • 1DVG
  • 3JH


  • HIS042000
  • HIS054000
  • HIS037060


  • DF807


  • Greece
  • Greek History
  • Lord Byron
  • War of Independence
  • Philhellenes
  • war
  • history
  • Romanticism
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That Greece Might Still Be Free

The Philhellenes in the War of Independence

  • William St Clair (author)
  • Roderick Beaton (introduction by)
When in 1821, the Greeks rose in violent revolution against the rule of the Ottoman Turks, waves of sympathy spread across Western Europe and the United States. More than a thousand volunteers set out to fight for the cause. The Philhellenes, whether they set out to recreate the Athens of Pericles, start a new crusade, or make money out of a war, all felt that Greece had unique claim on the sympathy of the world. As Lord Byron wrote, "I dreamed that Greece might still be Free"; and he died at Missolonghi trying to translate that dream into reality. William St Clair's meticulously researched and highly readable account of their aspirations and experiences was hailed as definitive when it was first published. Long out of print, it remains the standard account of the Philhellenic movement and essential reading for any students of the Greek War of Independence, Byron, and European Romanticism. Its relevance to more modern ethnic and religious conflicts is becoming increasingly appreciated by scholars worldwide. This revised edition includes a new introduction by Roderick Beaton, an updated bibliography and many new illustrations.


A classic account of the Greek war of Independence.

The Times Literary Supplement (0307-661X),

Table of Contents

Introduction by Roderick Beaton

1. The Outbreak

2. The Return of the Ancient Hellenes

3. The Regiment

4. Two Kinds of War

5. The Cause of Greece, the Cause of Europe

6. The Road to Marseilles

7. Chios

8. The Battalion of Philhellenes

9. The Battle of Peta

10. The Triumph of the Captains

11. The Return Home

12. The German Legion

13. Knights and Crusaders

14. Secrets of State

15. Enter the British

16. Lord Byron joins the Cause

17. 'To bring Freedom and Knowledge to Greece'

18. Arrivals at Missolonghi

19. The Byron Brigade

20. Essays in Regeneration

21. The New Apostles

22. The English Gold

23. The Coming of the Arabs

24. The Shade of Napoleon

25. 'No freedom to fight for at home'

26. French Idealism and French Cynicism

27. Regulars Again

28. A New Fleet

29. Athens and Navarino

30. America to the Rescue

31. Later

Appendix I: Remarks on Numbers

Appendix II: The Principal Philhellenic Expeditions

Notes on the Select Bibliography

Select Bibliography

Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Material Since 1972




William St Clair

Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies at University of London

Roderick Beaton

(introduction by)
Emeritus Koraes Professor of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language & Literature at King's College London