Spring 2020 - HIST 422 D100

Greece, 1935-1944: Occupation and Resistance (4)

Class Number: 8080

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history.



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 examine how the political, social, and cultural structures 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, but develop intellectual skills that will assist them in other areas of study as well.


  • Term Paper 40%
  • Book Reviews (x2) 30%
  • Class Participation 20%
  • Paper Proposal 10%



All other required readings will be available either online or at the SFU Library.

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