Book cover of The Greek Fire: American-Ottoman Relations and Democratic Fervor in the Age of Revolutions  by Maureen Santelliby Maureen Connors Santelli

The Greek Fire examines the United States’ early global influence as the fledgling nation that inserted itself in conflicts that were oceans away. Maureen Connors Santelli focuses on the American fascination with and involvement in the Greek Revolution in the 1820s and 1830s. That nationalist movement incited an American philhellenic movement that pushed the borders of US interests into the eastern Mediterranean and infused a global perspective into domestic conversations concerning freedom and reform.

 Perceiving strong cultural, intellectual, and racial ties with Greece, American men and women identified Greece as the seedbed of American democracy and a crucial source of American values.  

Interview with the Author

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327 Maureen Connors Santelli, The Greek Revolution in Early America
4/12/22           65 min

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