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The civil war in Greece: the role of the Greek civil war in the International History of the post war era

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  1. Introduction
  2. The Greek civil war: A dual conflict
    1. The Greek context
    2. The Greek civil war and its international aspect
  3. The Anglo American intervention in the Greek civil war
    1. Great Britain's intervention
    2. The American relief
  4. The signification of the Greek civil war in international history
    1. The Greek civil war and the Cold War: The Anglo American side
    2. The controversial question of the Soviet's involvement: the perceptions of the Soviet involvement
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography

The Greek civil war took place between 1943 and 1949. It is one of the most painful episodes of Greece history. We can wonder what was the role of the Greek civil war in the International History of post war era, especially its belonging to the transitional period between the end of the Second World War and the start of the Cold War.
First, I will show that this war was not merely a domestic issue. Then, I will describe the characteristics of the Anglo-American interventions in Greece which gave to the Greek civil war its international dimension. Finally, I will show that this conflict was an important episode of the cold war even if the involvement of western powers was based on incorrect perceptions of Soviet objectives.

[...] The signification of the Greek civil war in international history The Greek civil war and the Cold War: the Anglo-American side The Greek tragedy belongs to that transitional period between the end of the Second World War and the start of the Cold War. Churchill was certainly the first to perceive the future clash between the Western camp and Soviet Union. His negotiation of the ?Percentages agreement? revealed how pessimistic he was regarding possible good future relationship among the Allied[32]. [...]


[...] Studies in the history of the Greek civil war, 1945-1949. Copenhagen p.226 Jones, Howard. New kind of America's global strategy and the Truman doctrine in Greece. Oxford University Press p.32. Bernstein, Barton J. The Truman Administration: A Documentary History. New-York p On the Truman doctrine see in particular Jones, Howard. New kind of America's global strategy and the Truman doctrine in Greece. Oxford University Press Baerentzen, Lars and Close, David H. The British defeat of EAM, 1944- 1945 in Close, David H. [...]


[...] London, 1993: This book was very useful to study the roots of the Greek civil war as well as the purposes of Great Britain and American foreign policies in Greece. The relationship between EAM and EDES is analyzed in this book. _ Close, David H. The origins of the Greek civil war. New-York, 1995: I used this book to understand the tensions that existed in Greek society and that are at the basis of the internal struggle. The relationship between EAM and EDES is analyzed in this book. [...]

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