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    Good afternoon everyone,

    I am writting an essay in English. As English is not my native tongue, may I ask if anyone could tell me if there are English mistakes in my text?
    Thank you very much

    The Greek Revolution is the result of decades of illness in the Ottoman Empire. The decentralization offered the Greek Lords more power. The “paidomazoma”, the recruitment of Christian youth in the Ottoman army probably existed or at least engraved in Greek people’s minds. A general banditry, who appeared in the 16th century, got more and more popular in the Ottoman Empire, especially in Greece and in the Balkans. These bandits were the Klephts, and acted as anti-ottoman guerilla fighters[1]. In fact, they were attacking both rich Muslims and Christians, but Western vision of the beginning of the 19th century depicted them as justice fighters who were trying to liberate Greece from the Turks. A systematic “greatness” dimension was given by the West to all of the anti-ottoman actions. This vision is of course pretty idealized although the gains of the Kepht were believed to be partly re-distributed to locals, in order to have their support. They slowly developed a feeling of membership to the territory where they were harassing the Ottoman troops. The primary intentions of the anti-ottomans were not always sovereigntists. Indeed, as an example, the Kephts were acting for economic reasons first[2]. Furthermore, this Western vision influenced indirectly the Greek vision of its own revolutionary acts. It is really important to understand that the form of nationalism developed by the Greeks was not marginalized by the rest of the world. The support of Russia, France, Britain was certainly not limited to human and material support: it gave a depth to the Greek identity quest and a credibility to the Greek nation recognisation. However, a nation making is not only based on ideology and other’s vision. Founder myths and concrete actions are the best way to write history and to federate the people. The Kalavryta revolt is one of the most mythical symbols of the war of independence. This town is situated in the North of the Peloponnese[3]. Germanos III of Old Patras preached the independence of Greece at the Church of Agia Lavra, near Kalavryta. The popular story tells that Germanos pushed back about 60 Ottoman cavalrymen with the help of the 1500 villagers of Kalavryta[4]. They celebrated this victory with a Te Deum, a Christian celebration celebrated after victories, noble births, national day etc. Germanos and the 1500 villagers were slowly joined by a crowd of 1500 peasants. Of course, this popular story contains exaggerations. Most of its elements were probably invented: they contain a surprisingly religious dimension and symbolic, which can’t be only due to hazard. This events occurred on a 25th of March, the day of the annunciation, near a Monastery. It can remind the resistance of the Maccabees, or even the Sermon on the Mount who attracted 5000 spectators. We can deduce that the nation’s development was allowed by two main factors. First, the Western idealization of ancient Greece incited the Greeks to forget for a while their oriental heritage and to identify themselves as Antic Greeks. Second, at the beginning of their independence fighting, the myths played a huge role, as in the history of all nations. However, in the Greek case, the Kalavryta episode symbolizes the strong Christian heritage, the very ancient history and mythology and the “epic” and federating dimension of the Greek identity. The controversial aspect is that the Greek independence claim was developed by Western countries as well, while the Greek myths depicts the Greeks as independent and singular combatants. However, this might not be singular to Greece, as many other nations try to minimize the role of the helping powers in their history writing.
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    You can use Grammarly to help you identify any mistakes. It's a bit long-winded for someone who isn't really interested in the topic, but I'd advise you to split your work up into paragraphs.
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