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Britain and the Greek colonels : accommodating the Junta in the Cold War /
Alexandros Nafpliotis.
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London [England] ; New York, NY : I.B. Tauris ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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viii, 307 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
184885952X (hbk.), 9781848859524 (hbk.)
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imprint
London [England] ; New York, NY : I.B. Tauris ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
isbn
184885952X (hbk.)
9781848859524 (hbk.)
abstract
This title examines British foreign policy towards Greece during the Cold War period, exposing a guiding principle of pragmatism above all else. It is a systematic study of Britain and the Junta, based on National Archive documents, US and greek sources and personal interviews with leading actors.
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8785121
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-301) and index.
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At the apex of international Cold War tension, an alliance of Greek military leaders seized power in Athens. Seven years of violent political repression followed in Greece, yet, as Cold War allies, the Greek colonels had continued international support especially from Britain. Why did the Wilson and Heath governments choose to pursue an alliance with these military dictators? Alexandros Nafpliotis' book examines British foreign policy towards Greece, exposing a guiding principle of pragmatism above all else. This is the first systematic study of Britain and the Junta to be based on newly-released National Archive documents, US and Greek sources and personal interviews with leading actors. Britain and the Greek Colonels is a comprehensive history of international diplomacy and realpolitik in the Cold War period.
Main Description
At the apex of international Cold War tension, an alliance of Greek military leaders seized power in Athens. Seven years of violent political repression followed in Greece, yet, as Cold War allies, the Greek colonels had continued international support - especially from Britain. Why did the Wilson and Heath governments choose to pursue an alliance with these military dictators? Alexandros Nafpliotis' book examines British foreign policy towards Greece, exposing a guiding principle of pragmatism above all else. This is the first systematic study of Britain and the Junta to be based on newly-released National Archive documents, US and Greek sources and personal interviews with leading actors. Britain and the Greek Colonels is a comprehensive history of international diplomacy and realpolitik in the Cold War period.
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This title examines British foreign policy towards Greece during the Cold War period, exposing a guiding principle of pragmatism above all else. It is a systematic study of Britain and the Junta, based on National Archive documents, US and greek sources and personal interviews with leading actors.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Labour government's policy towards the Colonels, 1967-68: Setting the tonep. 9
The first tracesp. 12
1967: A coup, a war and a conferencep. 18
Trouble in Cyprusp. 27
Royal bluesp. 28
1968: 'Business as usual'p. 32
International dimensionp. 36
The Labour government's policy towards the Colonels, 1969-70: a 'new era of relations'p. 43
1969: Council of Europe vs. NATOp. 43
The Kotronis casep. 55
1970: 'The pendulum is swinging too wide for comfort'p. 58
A note on Cyprusp. 64
The Conservative government's policy towards the Colonels, 1970: continuity vs. changep. 68
'Painful dilemmas'p. 70
A Mediterranean 'powder keg'p. 79
Troubled watersp. 82
'As much business as possible'p. 86
The Conservative government's policy towards the Colonels, 1971: messages, meetings and visitsp. 98
Extremists and 'policy of scold'p. 99
The bridgep. 105
Papadopoulos' doubts reappearp. 117
The quest for a new spirit in relationsp. 122
The Conservative government's policy towards the Colonels, 1972: towards a new direction?p. 129
An inconclusive yearp. 129
Beware of Greeks bearing giftsp. 137
Pragmatism prevailsp. 141
The Conservative government's policy towards the Colonels, 1973: overtaken by eventsp. 158
'Europeanisation' of Anglo-Greek relationsp. 161
The three epochs of relationsp. 175
Recognition unboundp. 178
The 'referendum'p. 185
The Conservatives, the experiment that failed, and the hardliners coup, September-December 1973p. 188
To encourage or not to encouragep. 196
The 'invisible dictator' and the 'Greek Calends'p. 199
The effects of anti-Americanismp. 208
Conservatives, Labour and the junta, 1974: the endgamep. 213
Taking the heatp. 216
The US cardp. 220
'A proper working relationship'p. 223
Diplomacy over the Aegeanp. 226
Cyprusp. 233
Endgamep. 238
Conclusionp. 241
Appendixp. 249
Notesp. 251
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 302
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