Fall 2016 - HIST 422 D100
Greece, 1935-1944: Occupation and Resistance (4)
Class Number: 7217
Delivery Method: In Person
Examines the cycle of violence that followed the Axis occupation of Greece and created a political schism that lasted until the 1980s. The course will focus on Greek resistance, foreign relations and relations with the British intelligence services. Students with credit for HS 422 may not take this course for further credit.
The Greek resistance in the Second World War, in many ways, shaped Greece’s political development for the rest of the century, from the rise of the Junta in 1967 to the Greek Financial Crisis that continues today. This course will examine how the dictatorship of Ioannis Metaxas gave way to the occupation and resistance forces during the Second World War. The seminar format will analyze how the political, social, and cultural structures of interwar Greece interacted with the occupation forces to create the Greek Resistance. Comparative analyses with the Yugoslav and French Resistances, furthermore, will help students understand broader trends in insurgency and irregular warfare studies, as well as what made the Greek case unique. Questions the class will consider include: what pre-war Greek structures contributed to the emergence of the resistance? What role did the occupation authorities have in facilitating resistance? What relationship did the Greek resistance have with the broader Allied struggle? How did the Greek experience compare to elsewhere in Europe? What role did the divisions created by the Second World War have in creating contemporary political issues in Greece? In answering these questions, students will not only better understand the history of modern Greece and the Second World War, but develop intellectual skills that will assist them in other areas of study as well.
- Term Paper 40%
- 2 Book Reviews (15% x 2) 30%
- Class Participation 20%
- Paper Proposal 10%
HIST 422 is cross-listed with HS 422 and you may take this course under the HIST designation or the HS designation.
All required readings will be provided on Canvas.
Gerolymatos, Andre. Red Acropolis: Black Terror: The Greek Civil War and the Origins of the Cold War. New York: Basic Books, 2004.
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