The Greek Civil War: Essays on a Conflict of Exceptionalism and Silences

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2004-04-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Half a century after the civil war which tore apart Greek society in the 1940s, the essays in this volume look back to examine the crisis. They bring a new comparative approach to the study of the Greek Civil War and establish the sometimes obscure links between Greek and European historical developments in the 1940s. They also highlight the complexity and interconnections of the social, economic and political cleavages that split Greek society, and provide a comprehensive and subtle understanding of the origins, course and impact of the Greek Civil War in a variety of contexts and levels. Combining the approaches of political and international history with the latest research into the social, economic, religious, cultural, ideological and literary aspects of the struggle, and underpinned by the use of a wide range of hitherto neglected sources, The Greek Civil War broadens the scope of the enquiry, and offers fresh analysis.

Table of Contents

A Note on References Cited and Transliteration vii
Abbreviations and Glossary of Terms ix
Acknowledgements xi
About the Contributors xiii
1. Fifty Years On
Philip Carabott and Thanasis D. Sfikas
Part I Comparative and International Perspectives
2. The Greek Civil War: Greek Exceptionalism or Mirror of a European Civil War?
Martin Conway
3. What was the Problem in Greece? A Comparative and Contextual View of the National Problems in the Spanish, Yugoslav and Greek Civil Wars of 1936-49
Philip B. Minehan
4. The Cominform and the Greek Civil War, 1947-49
Ioanna Papathanasiou
Part II Politics and Economics
5. A Prime Minister for All Time: Themistoklis Sofoulis from Premiership to Opposition to Premiership, 1945-49
Thanasis D. Sfikas
6. Struggling from Abroad: Greek Communist Activities in France during the Greek Civil War
Nicolas Manitakis
7. Getting Greece 'Working Again': The London Agreement of January 1946
Athanasios Lykogiannis
Part III Communism and the Culture of Anticommunism
8. Becoming Communist: Political Prisoners as a Subject during the Greek Civil War
Polymeris Voglis
9. Orthodoxy in the Service of Anticommunism: The Religious Organization ZoŽ during the Greek Civil War
Vasilios N. Makrides
10. Social Dimensions of Anticommunism in Northern Greece, 1945-50
Basil C. Gounaris
Part IV Testimonies and Representations of the Civil War
11. The Everyday Lives and Silences of a National Army Soldier and His Wife during the Greek Civil War
Philip Carabott
12. Pyramid 67: A Liminal Testimony on the Greek Civil War
Mafia Nikolopoulou
13. The Shadow of the Greek Civil War in the Poetry of Takis Sinopoulos
David Ricks
14. Writing Silences: Manolis Anagnostakis and the Greek Civil War
Liana Theodoratou
Part V Epilogue
15. The Road to Reconciliation? The Greek Civil War and the Politics of Memory in the 1980's
David Close
Index 279

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