Today 25th of March is the date the Greeks celebrate and honour the start of their revolution against the Ottoman Empire.
I was watching a documentary on TV and what amazed me was several things.
The term nation, and more specifically Greek nation, was not coherent between the enslaved population. It was a notion established by western Europeans, who admired the ancient Greek civilization and considered the enslaved population as their ancestors. Influenced by the French revolution many Greeks and Western Europeans "Pro Greek" slowly established this notion of a Greek nation.
The Christian Church was loyal to the Ottomans till the very last moment of the revolution.
During the revolution tens of thousands innocent Greeks AND ottomans were slaughtered. First the revolted Greeks slaughtered the ottomans of the Peloponese so that the Ottoman Emperor counteracted and slaughtered thousands of Greeks.
I dont know why I am writing all these. I guess the massacre of innocent people shocks me. Its been a long way since 1821. I want to believe that all this brutality is a thing of the past. I can't believe any modern Greek or Turk would slaughter anyone in the 21st century.