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Eleftherios VenizelosThe Trials of Statesmanship$
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Paschalis Kitromilides

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624782

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624782.001.0001

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Venizelos' Intellectual Projects and Cultural Interests

Venizelos' Intellectual Projects and Cultural Interests

(p.377) 13 Venizelos' Intellectual Projects and Cultural Interests
Eleftherios Venizelos

Paschalis M. Kitromilides

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on Venizelos' intellectual and cultural interests. His intellectual interests are reflected in the extensive holdings of his library on contemporary — that is, early twentieth-century — European history, politics and diplomacy, with a special focus on Greece and her Balkan neighbours, as well as the extensive presence of the great nineteenth- and early twentieth-century historians, including Guizot, Hippolyte Taine, Ernest Lavisse and Seignobos. Venizelos' translation of Thucydides is his most significant and serious intellectual pursuit, a lasting monument to a rare combination of scholarship and statesmanship that integrated him in the most appropriate way in a distinctly European tradition of political leadership. Venizelos also showed a preference for modern painting in his time and encouraged by means of state purchases of works of art, the work of his contemporary artists, who were attempting to renew academic painting in Greece through the introduction of new aesthetic tastes emanating primarily from France.

Keywords:   Eleftherios Venizelos, intellectual interests, cultural interests, art, library collections

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