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Bentham, Byron, and GreeceConstitutionalism, Nationalism, and Early Liberal Political Thought$
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F. Rosen

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198200789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200789.001.0001

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Greek Pie

Greek Pie

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Bentham, Byron, and Greece

F. Rosen

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The Greek loan scandal, smouldering since early 1826, erupted in a spectacular way between October and December of that year with accusations of corrupt dealings and revelations of wrongful practices filling the newspapers almost daily. Most of the criticism was directed at various individuals, but often overlooked was the way the scandal emerged from the ideological conflicts within early liberalism that so affected the perceptions of Greece adopted by members of the London Greek Committee. Although one object of this chapter is to explore the way self-interest influenced the ideas and decisions reached by the key figures involved in the two loans, another object is to show that interest alone will not explain how and why these well-known figures, such as John Bowring, Joseph Hume, Leicester Stanhope, Lord Byron, and others acted in the manner that they did.

Keywords:   Greece, loan scandal, London Greek Committee, John Bowring, Joseph Hume, Leicester Stanhope, Lord Byron, liberalism, loans

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