2nd augmented and corrected Edition!
This book captures and analyzes the socio-cultural and scientific activities of the Greek community of London, a community consisting of thousands of Greek students and scientists as well as by leading businessmen and professionals. With a simple yet vivid way the author provides an overview of the numerous organizations that, despite a lack of resources, managed in the period 1974 - 2004 to enable Greeks of London to put Greece and its interests in the public domain through a variety of activities - lectures and conferences, debates and art exhibitions. In parallel there were activities aiming to preserve contact between the Diaspora and Greece. Particularly during the 1970s and 1980s, when the climate of excitement and hope for radical reforms in Greece, following the restoration of Democracy was so prevalent.
Nicandros Bouras focuses on his active participation in many socio-cultural and scientific activities of the Greek community of London. He examines the complex connections of these activities with relevant events and situations in Greece. Thus he succeeds in giving a comprehensive picture of what happened to the Greek community in London. A community open to both multiculturalism in British society, and to developments in postwar Greece. The book is written in a systematic and well-articulated manner, and will be of interest not only to Greeks who lived in London during this period but it is also a valuable addition to the growing collection of writing focusing on the Greek Diaspora, which is recognised to have contributed in various ways and at different times to the transformation of modern Greek society.
Costas Drosatos, Columbia University, New York:
Undoubtedly this book records an important element of the history of the Greek community. I hope the people of my generation will rise to the difficult circumstances and will empower the world wide existence of our Nation and to show the whole world our values and our traditions that we took from our families leaving Greece.
George Evangelopoulos, Kathimerini:
A series of missed opportunities for modernization of institutions and functions of the Greek State and the general public life are presented. The conclusion is that there have always been important Greek scientists not only in London and the UK and Europe but also in the U.S. and Canada, who, assisted by a few visionary Greek politicians, proposed projects in the right direction. If there is something that is really exciting in the book is that the author was not disappointed by the failed outcomes of these efforts, but instead insists that only by taking advantage of the exceptional scientists and human resources available to the Greece from the Greeks abroad, together with those of equal value who remain in the country, under adverse financial and other conditions can help the help the recovery of the country.
Kostas Lyketsos, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore:
Great book full of life and action. The way that brings a whole period is exciting and looks very real.
Vasilis Markesinis, Oxford:
Great activity in a number and variety of events. I felt that I wanted to learn more. The selection of posters and invitations to various events, helped me have a better understanding of the efforts of the organizers to keep alive the Greek spirit and values in London all these years.
Michael Moschos, Athens:
Very useful as an inventory of cultural and professional life of the Greeks in London where so many attempts have been made in so many ways and with many potentials for three decades . What happened in London was based essentially on the compact community of Greeks, who, understanding the importance of historical changes brought about by the fall of the dictatorship, created new life, significant social and cultural activities, expanding the values of Hellenism in the British society, particularly in the arts and literacy. There will be hardly again a similar historical moment for our country that will bring together so many people of our community in London, philhellenes and academics interested in modern Greece.
Amalia Yfanti - Kalofonou, Patras:
This book this is very useful, because presents historical data, testimonies and documents. It represents a journey through time, with personal experiences, imprinted not only with a surprisingly sophisticated way, but also with the critical eye of a scientist who monitors developments and takes actions in a Greek community in London.
George Psacharopoulos, Washington:
It is an important document in Greek history and especially the history of the Hellenic Diaspora.