Moscow and Greek communism, 1944-1949 /
by Peter J. Stavrakis.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1989.
xvi, 243 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
080142125X (alk. paper)
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Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1989.
080142125X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-231) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-01:
Stavrakis (University of Vermont) analyzes Soviet relations with the Greek Communist party during the years 1944-49, an important study given the role the perceived Communist threat in Greece had in the genesis of the Truman Doctrine and the Cold War. However, the author's conclusion that Stalin's primary concern was to foster foreign policy goals conceived in Moscow, even at the expense of the Greek Communists, is not a new one. Although Stavrakis used Greek Communist party archives, his judgments re Soviet motives must be inferred to have been made without access to Soviet archival sources. He writes in a clear, albeit detailed, style with ample footnotes, a lengthy bibliography, and an index. This scholarly study will be of interest primarily to advanced students and scholars. It spotlights the details of an important episode from one side of the stage. Whether a beam from the other side will ever be turned on remains to be seen. Immediate background for this study can be found in Christopher M. Woodhouse's The Struggle for Greece, 1941-1949 (London, 1976); long-range background is provided by Andrew L. Zapantis's Greek-Soviet Relations, 1917-1941 (1982). -G. D. Nicoll, Beloit College
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Peter J. Stavrakis offers the first comprehensive analysis of Soviet conduct in Greece during the most critical period of Greek history in this century-the last months of World War II and the years of the Greek Civil War. Stavrakis demonstrates that Soviet policy in Greece was highly mutable and reveals how its shifts were governed by Moscow's changing aims in the Near East generally, Soviet policy toward the Western powers, and the constantly changing Greek political situation.

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