After the War Was Over: Reconstructing the Family, Nation, and State in Greece, 1943-1960

Overview

This volume makes available some of the most exciting research currently underway into Greek society after Liberation. Together, its essays map a new social history of Greece in the 1940s and 1950s, a period in which the country grappled--bloodily--with foreign occupation and intense civil conflict.

Extending innovative historical approaches to Greece, the contributors explore how war and civil war affected the family, the law, and the state. They examine how people led their ...

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Overview

This volume makes available some of the most exciting research currently underway into Greek society after Liberation. Together, its essays map a new social history of Greece in the 1940s and 1950s, a period in which the country grappled--bloodily--with foreign occupation and intense civil conflict.

Extending innovative historical approaches to Greece, the contributors explore how war and civil war affected the family, the law, and the state. They examine how people led their lives, as communities and individuals, at a time of political polarization in a country on the front line of the Cold War's division of Europe. And they advance the ongoing reassessment of what happened in postwar Europe by including regional and village histories and by examining long-running issues of nationalism and ethnicity. Previously neglected subjects--from children and women in the resistance and in prisons to the state use of pageantry--yield fresh insights.

By focusing on episodes such as the problems of Jewish survivors in Salonika, memories of the Bulgarian occupation of northern Greece, and the controversial arrest of a war criminal, these scholars begin to answer persistent questions about war and its repercussions. How do people respond to repression? How deep are ethnic divisions? Which forms of power emerge under a weakened state? When forced to choose, will parents sacrifice family or ideology? How do ordinary people surmount wartime grievances to live together?

In addition to the editor, the contributors are Eleni Haidia, Procopis Papastratis, Polymeris Voglis, Mando Dalianis, Tassoula Vervenioti, Riki van Boeschoten, John Sakkas, Lee Sarafis, Stathis N. Kalyvas, Anastasia Karakasidou, Bea Lefkowicz, Xanthippi Kotzageorgi-Zymari, Tassos Hadjianastassiou, and Susanne-Sophia Spiliotis.

"This is an impressive collection of essays on a neglected subject. It is very useful to have a book that is focused in important ways on what happened at the local level. Very little attention has been devoted by historians to the themes under discussion in this collection. The essays are refreshingly free of ideological bias." (Richard Clogg, Oxford University)

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement - Michael Llewellyn Smith
This is one of the most contentious and incompletely studied periods in Greek history, and these essays throw light into places which were until recently obscured by political prejudice, some of them even assumed to lie outside the bounds of historiography.
Journal of Military History - Laurie Kain Hart
This excellent collection of first-rate case studies is not only a significant contribution to the history of Greece but is of serious value to anyone interested in the comparative study of occupation and civil war, as well as reconciliation and reconstruction.
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"This is one of the most contentious and incompletely studied periods in Greek history, and these essays throw light into places which were until recently obscured by political prejudice, some of them even assumed to lie outside the bounds of historiography."—Michael Llewellyn Smith, Times Literary Supplement

"This excellent collection of first-rate case studies is not only a significant contribution to the history of Greece but is of serious value to anyone interested in the comparative study of occupation and civil war, as well as reconciliation and reconstruction."—Laurie Kain Hart, Journal of Military History

Times Literary Supplement
This is one of the most contentious and incompletely studied periods in Greek history, and these essays throw light into places which were until recently obscured by political prejudice, some of them even assumed to lie outside the bounds of historiography.
— Michael Llewellyn Smith
Journal of Military History
This excellent collection of first-rate case studies is not only a significant contribution to the history of Greece but is of serious value to anyone interested in the comparative study of occupation and civil war, as well as reconciliation and reconstruction.
— Laurie Kain Hart
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691058412
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2000
  • Series: Princeton Modern Greek Studies Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Glossary of Terms

Introduction by Mark Mazower

Chapter One Three Forms of Political Justice: Greece, 1944-1945 by Mark Mazower

Chapter Two The Punishment of Collaborators in Northern Greece, 1945-1946 by Eleni Haidia

Chapter Three Purging the University after Liberation by Procopis Papastratis

Chapter Four Between Negation and Self-Negation: Political Prisoners in Greece, 1945-1950 by Polymeris Voglis

Chapter Five Children in Turmoil during the Civil War: Today's Adults by Mando Dalianis and Mark Mazower

Chapter Six Left-Wing Women between Politics and Family by Tassoula Vervenioti

Chapter Seven The Impossible Return: Coping with Separation and the Reconstruction of Memory in the Wake of the Civil War by Riki van Boeschoten

Chapter Eight Red Terror: Leftist Violence during the Occupation by Stathis N. Kalyvas

Chapter Nine The Civil War in Evrytania by John Sakkas

Chapter Ten The Policing of Deskati, 1942-1946 by Lee Sarafis

Chapter Eleven Protocol and Pageantry: Celebrating the Nation in Northern Greece by Anastasia Karakasidou

Chapter Twelve "After the War We Were All Together": Jewish Memories of Postwar Thessaloniki by Bea Lewkowicz

Chapter Thirteen Memories of the Bulgarian Occupation of Eastern Macedonia: Three Generations by Xantbippi Kotzageorgi-Zymari with Tassos Hadjianastassiou

Chapter Fourteen "An Affair of Politics, Not Justice": The Merten Trial (1957-1959) and Greek-German Relations by Susanne-Sophia Spiliotis

List of Contributors

Index

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