The United States and the Making of Modern Greece: History by James Edward Miller

By James Edward Miller

Targeting probably the most dramatic and arguable sessions in sleek Greek heritage and within the background of the chilly struggle, James Edward Miller offers the 1st research to hire a variety of foreign archives—American, Greek, English, and French—together with overseas language courses to make clear the position the U.S. performed in Greece among the termination of its civil conflict in 1949 and Turkey's 1974 invasion of Cyprus.Miller demonstrates how U.S. officers sought, over a interval of twenty-five years, to domesticate Greece as a strategic chilly battle best friend so as to cost the unfold of Soviet impact. the us supported Greece's executive via large-scale army relief, significant funding of capital, and intermittent efforts to reform the political procedure. Miller examines the ways that American and Greek officers cooperated in—and struggled over—the political destiny and the modernization of the rustic. all through, he evaluates the activities of the main figures concerned, from George Papandreou and his son Andreas, to King Constantine, and from John Foster Dulles and Dwight D. Eisenhower to Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. Miller's enticing research bargains a nuanced and well-balanced evaluate of occasions that also impression Mediterranean politics this day.

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Nikos Kazantzakis’s reconstructions of rural and small town life, Freedom or Death, Christ Recrucified, and Zorba, focus on a society dominated by ideals derived from Ottoman times and from the church. Historical writing about modern Greece has reflected the national divisions and ambivalence about the effects of Westernization. It has largely been produced not by professional historians (a small and quite competent band) but by social scientists of various types and by journalists. Theory (usually imported from the West) has played a major role in explaining Greece’s past.

One example is a frequently quoted and quite entertaining story offered by memoir writer Philip Deane (Gigantès). During the early 1960s, Deane was assigned to the Greek embassy’s press office in Washington with a portfolio that focused on public relations work. A major objective of his mission was to polish the image of the royal family, especially the domineering and ultra-conservative Queen Frederika. S. S. position on the need for direct talks between Greece and Turkey over Cyprus. When Matsas demurred, Deane continued, Johnson exploded: “Fuck your Parliament and your Constitution.

American efforts to create a stable, prosperous, and democratic Greece were a study in official frustration. S. ambassadors Henry Grady and John Peurifoy, did possess the power to play a determining role in the direction of Greek postwar reconstruction, utilizing it successfully proved difficult. American power confronted Greek history. Intensely nationalist and wary after decades of foreign intervention, Greek politicians and public opinion resisted American efforts at persuasion. S. S. involvement in the nation’s internal affairs.

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