The Greek Revolution broke out almost at the same time in the Peloponnese, west-central Greece, the Aegean Islands and west-central Greece, regions which constituted the initial Greek state. In each one of these districts the local pre-revolutionary leaders took the lead in the revolutionary movements in their regions.
In the following months many eminent Greeks, leaders and contributors in money and in kind, arrived in the rebellious areas to take part in the Revolution. Most of them intended to participate in the revolutionary leadership as they came from Phanariote families or had studied in a European country and had acquired administrative and political experience. The constitution of a central administration and the prevalence of the institutions and its organs against the regional centres of power favoured the appointment of these people who had neither regional support nor the traditional leading presence of the pre-revolutionary leading groups.
Nevertheless, they had acquired political and organizational proficiency, a rare and useful quality for a society in revolt. Their rise to influence is associated with the adoption of modern western-style political institutions and with the strengthening of the central administration apparatus. Their experience with such systems helped some of them obtain significant social support and gradually to build personal political factions.
Kolettis and Mavrokordatos, politicians who played a leading role in the political life of the Greek state during Otto's kingship, are probably the most typical examples of newcomers who took advantage of the liberation possibilities in the political arena created in the years of the Revolution. Similar was case of Theodore Kolokotronis, a successful Peloponnesian chieftain who had risen to economic and socio-political status on the back of his military career.
Generally speaking, one could say that during the Revolutionary period and in the first post-revolutionary years radical changes came about, particularly concerning the country's institutions, hierarchies and political incorporations. Furthermore, the political scene was linked now to the discourse of a national territory (central administration, national assemblies) and was consequently liberated from traditional barriers (heredity, social and religious authority).
Thus, the social mobility which characterizes all revolutionary periods led in Greece to the gradual weakening of traditional leading groups and the renewal of political life. The leading role of new agents in the years of the Revolution, men such as Mavrokordatos, Kolettis and Kolokotronis, constituted an expression of the political
rupture and reorganization which took place in the years of the Greek Revolution.