Overview

The Greek Civil War (1943--50) was a major conflict in its own right, developing out of the rivalry between communist and conservative partisans for control of Greece as the Axis forces retreated at the end of the Second World War. Spanning the transition from World War to Cold War, it also had major international consequences in keeping Greece (alone of all the Balkan nations) out of the Communist bloc and stopping the Soviets reaching the Mediterranean. Yet it has received less attention than it deserves from ...
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The Greek Civil War

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Overview

The Greek Civil War (1943--50) was a major conflict in its own right, developing out of the rivalry between communist and conservative partisans for control of Greece as the Axis forces retreated at the end of the Second World War. Spanning the transition from World War to Cold War, it also had major international consequences in keeping Greece (alone of all the Balkan nations) out of the Communist bloc and stopping the Soviets reaching the Mediterranean. Yet it has received less attention than it deserves from historians. In this striking and original study, David Close does justice to both the domestic context of the conflict and also to its international significance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317898511
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Series: Origins Of Modern Wars
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Editor's foreword
List of maps
Preface
Abbreviations
1 Greece after the First World War 1
Dependency and schism 1
The hydrocephalous state 7
Social structure 13
The Greek Communist Party 15
The bourgeois reaction 23
2 Right-wing Dictatorship, 1935-41 32
Anti-Venizelist resurgence 32
Parliamentary democracy in crisis 37
Metaxas's tyranny 42
The legacy of the tyranny 50
Axis invasion 53
3 Invasion and Collapse of Authority, April 1941-March 1943 60
The old order in decay 60
The birth of the National Liberation Front, EAM 68
Communist strategy 79
4 EAM Challenges the Old Order, April 1943-October 1944 88
Reactions to EAM 88
EAM predominant 96
The start of civil strife 102
Communist agreement with the British 106
Nation-wide polarization 113
Liberation 116
5 Revolution Defeated, October 1944-February 1945 127
Growing Communist power 127
The demobilization crisis 131
The battle for Athens 137
Communist surrender 141
6 The White Terror, February 1945-March 1946 150
Right-wing vendetta 150
The British role 163
Communist revival 165
Election victory for the right 173
Communists on the brink 176
7 Descent to Civil War, April 1946-March 1947 189
The monarchist regime 189
Revival of guerrilla warfare 193
The national army intervenes 199
The Truman Doctrine 203
8 The Civil War, 1947-50 209
The Democratic Army 209
Right-wing victory 214
Aftermath 220
Bibliography 224
Maps 231
Index 239
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