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The tumultuous events of the second decade of the twentieth century in Greece could not but affect the life and activities of the School. 27 When the First World War broke out its repercussions were not immediately felt in Greece and, indeed, at the beginning of hostilities, the absence of students at the School gave Hasluck more time to work on his catalogue of the Finlay Library and Wace the opportunity to work on the Finlay papers (that superb repository of material on nineteenth-century Greece), a calendar to which was published some years ago by Professor Joan Hussey as The Finlay Papers: a Catalogue (London, 1973).
Wace, however, replied that he was much too interested in archaeology to give it up, besides which he was too old to do so. ‘The only The British School at Athens 27 thing that would attract me is modern Greek history . . but that I can study just as well here and besides’, he over-modestly added, ‘I know nothing of it’. S. Thompson, belonged very much to the hard walking tradition that characterized the School at that time and for several decades afterwards. Helen Waterhouse, in her centennial history of the School, has written of Wace and Thompson tramping through Thessaly equipped only with a toothbrush and waterproofs, while Toynbee, no slouch himself, compared them to a couple of sleuth hounds on the scent.
J. 20 Burrows did not merely see his role as that of publicist on behalf of Greater Greece and of Venizelos, but, from time to time, he directly sought to influence the course of events. W. SetonWatson, he formulated a proposal for the cession of Cyprus to Greece by Britain on the sole condition that Greece enter the war on the side of the Entente Powers. 21 In November 1916, shortly after the establishment of his provisional government in Thessaloniki in the wake of the schism with King Constantine, Venizelos wrote to Burrows to ask him to act as the ‘semiofficial representative’ of the Thessaloniki government for as long as it was not officially recognized by the British government.