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Greece, 1941-49 By Haris Vlavianos

Greece, 1941-49
by Haris Vlavianos

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Examines the strategy of the Greek Communist party (KKE) during and after the period of the Resistance as well as the involvement of the British, Soviet and American governments in Greece.
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Greece, 1941-49: From Resistance to Civil War - The Strategy of the Greek Communist Party by Haris Vlavianos

Based on extensive research of recently declassified official archives, this book examines the strategy of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) during and after the period of the Resistance as well as the involvement of the British, Soviet and American governments in Greece. By deconstructing a number of right-wing orthodox and left-wing revisionist myths and polemics it offers a critical interpretation of the causes of the Greek Civil War. In the first part of the book the author examines the policies of the KKE during the inter-war and war period and considers the reasons for the dramatic rise in communist strength during the Occupation. He analyses the character and aims of the most powerful communist-controlled resistance movement (EAM/ELAS) and the circumstances that led to the clash between EAM/ELAS and the British in Athens in December 1944. This conflict came to an end with the signing of the Varkiza Agreement. In the second part of the book the author examines the reasons for the failure of this agreement and the outbreak of civil war in the summer of 1946. He explores the gradual intensification of the conflict during a period of mounting right-wing violence and outlines the objectives, dilemmas and errors of the British and Greek governments and of the communist party leadership. He gives an analysis of the motives behind the KKEs decision to boycott the parliamentary elections of 1946 and launch a "socialist revolution" and defines the extent of the intervention of the Soviet Union and the neighbouring communist states in the civil war and their share of the responsibility for the defeat of the KKE.

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Table of Contents


Part 1 The greek Communist party - resistance or revolution?: from formation to Bolshevization; the failure of the Republic and the Netazas dictatorship; the KKE under the dictatorship; the fifth plenum and the comintern directive of July 1939; the new comintern line of September 1939 and the Greco-Italian War; the KKE dominates the resistance; British policy towards the Greek resistance movements; from the "Military Agreement" to the "First Round" of the Civil War; 1944 - the critical year; the mutiny in the Greek armed forces; the Lebanon agreement - in search of national unity; the Anglo-Soviet percentages deal and the caserta agreement; the battle of Athens. Part 2 Variza - capitulation to the British? Part 3 From Variza to the seventh congress: persecution by the right; the evolution of the KKE from Varkiza to the eleventh plenum; the eleventh plenum of the central committee of the KKE; the twelfth plenum of the central committee of the KKE; the seventh congress of the KKE. Part 4 The elections of March 1946 - Pandora's box: the Plastiras govenment; the Voulgaris government; continuity in British foreign policy; Damaskinos' visit to London; the fall of the Voulgaris government; Kanellopoulos' government - McNeil's intervention; the Sofoulis government; the Kalamata incident - the Greek question at the U.N.; the countdown; the elections. Part 5 The second plenum - textbook revolution. Part 6 The decision to abstain - "Tactical Error" or "Decisive Mistake"?: "The Party is Zachariadis and Zachariadis is the Party"; why did to KKE abstain?; the nature of the Nistaka. Part 7 From limited self-defence to civil war.

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GOR009953882
Greece, 1941-49: From Resistance to Civil War - The Strategy of the Greek Communist Party by Haris Vlavianos
Haris Vlavianos
St Antony's Series
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Palgrave Macmillan
1991-11-08
320
0333538285
9780333538289
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