With Ukrainian sovereignty and democracy under attack, Americans have been wondering: Should our government be doing more than placing economic sanctions on Russia? Should I, as a U.S. military veteran, travel to Ukraine and offer to fight in their army? What would official U.S. military involvement mean for the politics of Europe and in our age of nuclear weapons?
While the situation in Ukraine is new and novel, Americans’ desire to assist other nations seeking to create or preserve their democracies and republics is not new. Maureen Connors Santelli, an Associate Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College and author of The Greek Fire: American-Ottoman Relations and Democratic Fervor in the Age of Revolutions, joins us to investigate the Greek Revolution and early Americans’ reactions to it.
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Maureen Connors Santelli, an Associate Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College and author of The Greek Fire: American-Ottoman Relations and Democratic Fervor in the Age of Revolutions, joins us to investigate the Greek Revolution and early Americans’ reactions to it.
During our investigation, Maureen reveals details about the Greek Revolution and its place within the larger Age of Revolutions; Early Americans’ interst in the Greek cause for independence; And information about Americans’ two responses to the Greek Revolution: their official response and their unofficial response.
What You’ll Discover
- The Greek Revolution and its place in the Age of Revolution
- Similarities and differences between the American Revolution & Greek Revolution
- Influence of the American Revolution on the Greek Revolution
- American interest in the Greek Revolution
- The start of the Greek Revolution
- President James Monroe
- Secretary of State John Quincy Adams
- The United States’ official response to the Greek Revolution
- The Monroe Doctrine
- Everyday Americans’ response to the Greek Revolution
- Ways the Greek independence movement united Americans
- How Americans transported gathered money and supplies to Greece
- Impact of American aid to Greece
- Impact of the Greek Revolution on the early United States
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Maureen’s Website
- Maureen on Twitter
- The Greek Fire: American-Ottoman Relations and Democratic Fervor in the Age of Revolutions
- The Greek Slave, National Gallery of Art (Smithsonian)
- John Quincy Adams Digital Diary
- John Quincy Adams’ writings on Greece (JQA penned chapters 10-15 on Russia and Greece)
- The Papers of James Monroe
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