The Greek Civil War: Essays on a Conflict of Exceptionalism and Silences, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Greek Civil War

Essays on a Conflict of Exceptionalism and Silences, 1st Edition

By Thanasis D. Sfikas

Edited by Philip Carabott


302 pages

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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 combine the approaches of political and international history with the latest research into the social, economic, religious, cultural, ideological and literary aspects of the struggle. Underpinned by the use of a wide range of hitherto neglected sources, the contributions shed new light, broaden the scope of inquiry, and offer fresh analysis. Thus far, comparative approaches have not been employed in the study of the Greek Civil War. The papers here redress this imbalance and establish the not always so clear links between Greek and European historical developments in the 1940s, placing the evolution of Greek society and politics in a European context. 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. The volume will appeal to those interested in the European history of the 1940s and the origins of the Cold War, in addition to the specialists of modern Greek history and those engaged in the comparative study of civil wars.

Table of Contents

Contents: Fifty years on, Philip Carabott and Thanasis D. Sfikas; Part I Comparative and international perspectives: The Greek civil war: Greek exceptionalism or mirror of a European civil war?, Martin Conway; 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; The Cominform and the Greek civil war, 1947-9, Ionna Papathanasiou. Part II Politics and economics: A prime minister for all time: Themistoklis Sofoulis from premiership to opposition to premiership, 1945-9, Thanasis D. Sfikas; Struggling from abroad: Greek communist activities in France during the Greek civil war, Nicolas Manitakis; Getting Greece 'working again': the London Agreement of January 1946, Athanasios Lykogiannis. Part III Communism and the culture of anticommunism: Becoming communist: political prisoners as a subject during the Greek civil war, Polymeris Voglis; Orthodoxy in the service of anticommunism: the religious organization Zoë during the Greek civil war, Vasilios N. Makrides; Social dimensions of anticommunism in northern Greece, 1945-50, Basil C. Gounaris. Part IV Testimonies and representations of the civil war: The everyday lives and silences of a national army soldier and his wife during the Greek civil war, Philip Carabott; Pyramid 67: a liminal testimony on the Greek civil war, Maria Nikolopoulou; The shadow of the Greek civil war in the poetry of Takis Sinopoulos, David Ricks; Writing silences: Manolis Anagnostakis and the Greek civil war, Liana Theodoratou. Part V Epilogue: The road to reconciliation? The Greek civil war and the politics of memory in the 1980s, David Close; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Dr Philip Carabott is Cyprus Hellenic Foundation Lecturer in Modern Greek History in the Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, King's College London, UK. Dr Thanasis D. Sfikas is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Greek History in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Ioannina, Greece.

About the Series

Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London

Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London

Initiated in 1993 as an extension of the activities of the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London, this series covers all aspects of Greek culture and civilization. The volumes published to date present a broad range of topics from ancient to modern, including the papers of several international symposia held at KCL. Titles deal with the history and image of Alexandria, the image of Socrates across the centuries, the early years of El Greco, the making of Modern Greece, Greek-Turkish relations in modern times, and the history of Greek photography. Volumes recently published or in preparation cover the reign of the 12th-century Byzantine emperor John II Komnenos, the politics behind Lord Byron’s intervention in the Greek Revolution in the 1820s and Greek art music since the early 19th century.

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