Dangerous Citizens:The Greek Left and the Terror of the State
The Greek Left and the Terror of the State
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Fordham University Press
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This book had its origins in less turbulent times, before 9/11, when the ascending neo-liberalism of the Clinton years gave the false impression of a placid and prosperous future, carefully obscuring politics and neutralizing dissensus. The question that I was asking then concerned the collusion of the political and the existential...
From Now On . . .
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This is a text split into two parts. They do not take up the same space, although they both have things to tell, stories to recount and account for, histories that refuse to be forgotten. They bleed into one another; they cannot stand independently of one another. That was the greatest challenge I faced in writing this book: How could...
A Note on Parerga
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Parerga are not simply notes; they should be thought of as the extremities of a body, without which the text is truncated. They are notations to the text that make the text show its complexities, as they bring into the main narrative the realities of multiple positions, make interventions that show that there is no stability in this history, that the story itself constantly shifts ground, that any attempt to produce...
A Note on Transliteration
I have looked at many attempts to create a systematic approach to transliteration, and the one that I find most convincing and agreeable (with minor adjustments) is the one proposed by Robert Fitzgerald in his translation of the Odyssey, because it retains the complexities of Greek orthography and shows the affinities between...
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1. 1963 – 2008: History, Microhistory, Metahistory, Ethnography
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It was late one evening on a winter preceding the junta. The day the junta came to power was April 21, 1967, when I was about to turn nine years old. This incident happened two or three winters before, in 1964 or 1965. There was a knock on the door, and when my mother answered a middle-aged man (or so he seemed to me) was standing there, dressed in not tattered but certainly old-fashioned...
2. 1936 – 1944: The Metaxas Dictatorship, the Italian Attack, the German Invasion, German Occupation, Resistance
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On May 8, 1936, a major strike and demonstration by tobacco workers was organized in Thessaloniki. The response of the gendarmerie was immediate and brutal. The next day the strike spread to other professions, and a new demonstration took place. This time the response of the gendarmerie, aided by the army, which sent in an equestrian force and a motorized unit, was not only brutal but...
3. 1944 – 1945: The Battle of Athens
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Early one morning in the summer of 2005, at our summer house, where my entire family was spending a few days together, I went downstairs and outside to the garden to have coffee. My uncle-in-law Kostes and his wife were already there. Before I could...
4. 1945 – 1946: White Terror
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Following the Dekemvrianá and the retreat of ELAS from Athens, the vacuum in policing and surveillance in the country became acute. It was felt not only by the Greek government but also by the British, who, as Mazower notes, needed their troops elsewhere as quickly as possible (1997: 143). In haste they expanded the already...
5. 1946 – 1949: Emphýlios
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In a letter written in 1972, Foucault mentions in passing that his real interest was not “to analyze the phenomena of power, nor to elaborate the foundings of such an analysis” (2003: 284). In a sense, Foucault was not interested in producing laundry lists of where power can be found and what that power did. He was far more...
6. 1950 – 1967: Post – Civil War
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Western European governments saw the end of the Greek Civil War as a victory in the fight against world Communism, so much so that President Lyndon B. Johnson later considered Greece the Vietnam of the 1940s.1 The greatest irony about both the British involvement and the Truman Doctrine was that the Soviets neither actively nor implicitly supported the Communist Party’s efforts to assert its size and become...
7. 1967 – 1974: Dictatorship
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On April 21, 1967, a group of colonels from the far Right, some of whom had been trained at the War College in the United States, some of whom had participated in the Tágmata Asphaleias, some of whom had been members of “X,” and others of whom had been torturers in Makrónisos and Yáros, seized power from the government, using as an excuse...
8. 1974 – 2007After History
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The fall of the junta, on July 23, 1974, was precipitated by a number of things: a botched attempt at a coup in Cyprus by the junta; a botched attempt at the assassination of the president of Cyprus, Makarios, by the “unionists [enotikoi]” of ex-Chi leader George...
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Publication Year: 2009