The Dodecanese and the Aegean Issue: Historical Background

  • John Papadimas
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Since ancient times, the Dodecanese islands of the Aegean Sea have played a significant role in the history of the Hellenic world. Evidence of the interrelationship between the archipelago and the Greek mainland can be traced in ancient and medieval sources spanning almost two and a half millennia. Clustered around the southeastern part of the Aegean, the Dodecanese straddle the gateway to the sea lanes in the Eastern Mediterranean. Accordingly, from the Trojan War in the thirteenth century to the Peloponnesian War in the fifth century to the present, the Dodecanese represented the ideal base for city-states, kingdoms, and empires that struggled to maintain their hegemony over the southeastern Mediterranean.


Great Power Aegean Island Greek Government Greek State Balkan State 
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