Greece: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
When you enter Greece's mountainous peninsula, with its longcoastline and unique archipelago, you are returning to the cradleof Western civilization. And while the ancient Greeks fashioned ourpolitical, ethical, aesthetic, and scientific values, theirdescendants down the ages have continued to set trends and shapeworld events.The Greek character is a product of the landscape. Surrounded bysea on three sides, the physical features of the land forged thepronounced individuality and strong local patriotism of the warringcity-states of antiquity. Their shared history and language formedthe basis of a powerful world culture.Today it is coming to terms with its recent economic andpolitical upheavals. The Greeks have repeatedly proved they canadjust and shift their expectations—the new generation knows theold ways have gone and is bracing itself for unpredictablechallenges.Culture Smart! Greece will equip you with essential informationabout the background, values, and attitudes of the people you willmeet and give practical advice on how to deal with unfamiliarsituations. Life in Greece operates on many criss-crossing levels,offering plenty of possibilities and a variety of lifestyles.Visitors emerge from their Greek experience enriched for life, withan enduring affection for this beautiful land and its giftedpeople.