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The United States and the making of modern Greece : history and power, 1950-1974 /
James Edward Miller.
imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2009.
description
xvi, 301 p.
ISBN
0807832472 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780807832479 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2009.
isbn
0807832472 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780807832479 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6730495
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-02-01:
US aid to Greece during its civil war forged a close relationship as the 1950s began. The next quarter century severely tested that relationship as Greece struggled to achieve an identity independent of the US, yet remained inescapably reliant on it. External events complicated Greco-American relations. Cyprus became a constant trouble spot; the US tried to negotiate between two US allies--Greece and Turkey--that despised each other, and the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, who had developed independent agendas. Indeed, Greek Cypriot leader Archbishop Makarios became a dominating force, unresponsive to Greece. The country itself underwent swings in political leadership, never quite achieving a democratic regime. Its leaders--particularly the resilient Andreas Papadopoulos--routinely blamed the US for Greek problems, an effective formula because many Greeks believed that the US had betrayed them over Cyprus, and because US leaders generally ignored such criticism. Miller's research in many international archives gives his work credibility. He finds plenty here to criticize, for US policy was as vacillating as Greece's was erratic. Miller (foreign service, Georgetown) reserves his harshest criticism for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, whose "maneuverings" Miller dismisses as "incompetence not malevolence" (p. 202). Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. A. J. Dunar University of Alabama in Huntsville
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"A sensitive, sympathetic, evidence-based attempt to understand and lay bare the methods by which American and Greek officials cooperated and struggled over Greece's political future in the early postwar years. . . . Illuminating." - American Historical Review
"[Miller's] comments are judicious, evenhanded, and based squarely on the evidence at hand. . . . An authoritative, detailed, and carefully argued chronicle. . . . The greatest strengths of this book are Miller's lucid prose and his skillful use of archival material from the United States, France, Britain, Italy, and Greece. . . . Miller's important study will set a high standard for future works. In good time, The United States and the Making of Modern Greece will become the authoritative guide on the history of U.S.-Greek relations and modern Greek history for experts, students, and the interested public." -H-Diplo Roundtable Review
"Miller's research in many international archives gives his work credibility. . . . Recommended." - Choice
"Miller's research in many international archives gives his work credibility. . . . Recommended." -Choice
"Throws a clear, strong light [on] confusing and confused American policies . . . merits serious study by anyone interested in the national security history of the Cold War." - The Journal of Military History
"Throws a clear, strong light [on] confusing and confused American policies . . . merits serious study by anyone interested in the national security history of the Cold War." --The Journal of Military History
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Summaries
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Focusing on one of the most dramatic and controversial periods in modern Greek history and in the history of the Cold War, the author provides a study which sheds light on the role the United States played in Greece between the termination of its civil war in 1949 and Turkey's invasion of Cyprus.
Main Description
Focusing on one of the most dramatic and controversial periods in modern Greek history and in the history of the Cold War, James Edward Miller provides the first study to employ a wide range of international archives--American, Greek, English, and French--together with foreign language publications to shed light on the role the United States played in Greece between the termination of its civil war in 1949 and Turkey's 1974 invasion of Cyprus.Miller demonstrates how U.S. officials sought, over a period of twenty-five years, to cultivate Greece as a strategic Cold War ally in order to check the spread of Soviet influence. The United States supported Greece's government through large-scale military aid, major investment of capital, and intermittent efforts to reform the political system. Miller examines the ways in which American and Greek officials cooperated in--and struggled over--the political future and the modernization of the country. Throughout, he evaluates the actions of the key figures involved, 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 engaging study offers a nuanced and well-balanced assessment of events that still influence Mediterranean politics today.
Main Description
Focusing on one of the most dramatic and controversial periods in modern Greek history and in the history of the Cold War, James Edward Miller provides the first study to employ a wide range of international archives_American, Greek, English, and French_together with foreign language publications to shed light on the role the United States played in Greece between the termination of its civil war in 1949 and Turkey's 1974 invasion of Cyprus. Miller demonstrates how U.S. officials sought, over a period of twenty-five years, to cultivate Greece as a strategic Cold War ally in order to check the spread of Soviet influence. The United States supported Greece's government through large-scale military aid, major investment of capital, and intermittent efforts to reform the political system. Miller examines the ways in which American and Greek officials cooperated in_and struggled over_the political future and the modernization of the country. Throughout, he evaluates the actions of the key figures involved, 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 engaging study offers a nuanced and well-balanced assessment of events that still influence Mediterranean politics today.
Main Description
Focusing on one of the most dramatic and controversial periods in modern Greek history and in the history of the Cold War, James Edward Miller provides the first study to employ a wide range of international archives--American, Greek, English, and French--together with foreign language publications to shed light on the role the United States played in Greece between the termination of its civil war in 1949 and Turkey's 1974 invasion of Cyprus. Miller demonstrates how U.S. officials sought, over a period of twenty-five years, to cultivate Greece as a strategic Cold War ally in order to check the spread of Soviet influence. The United States supported Greece's government through large-scale military aid, major investment of capital, and intermittent efforts to reform the political system. Miller examines the ways in which American and Greek officials cooperated in--and struggled over--the political future and the modernization of the country. Throughout, he evaluates the actions of the key figures involved, 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 engaging study offers a nuanced and well-balanced assessment of events that still influence Mediterranean politics today.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Abbreviations in the Textp. xv
Introduction: Manifest Destiny Meets the Megali Ideap. 1
The Greek Tar Baby, 1950-1953p. 23
No Report from Cyprus Is Ever Cheerful, 1950-1959p. 44
The Right, 1953-1963p. 66
Black Mak: Cyprus, 1960-1964p. 84
Coup d'Etat, 1964-1967p. 111
The Andreas Version, 1967-1973p. 136
Dancing with the Dictators, 1969-1974p. 157
A Perfect Storm: Cyprus, 1967-1974p. 176
Epilogue: The Andreas Erap. 201
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 295
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