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Greece since 1945 : politics, economy and society
Close, David (David H.)
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London ; New York : Longman, [2002]

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xviii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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The book draws extensively on research on modern Greece in recent decades, and on the many perceptive commentaries on recent events in the Greek press. It adopts both an analytical and chronological approach and shows how Greece has both converged with western Europe and remained distinctively Balkan. David Close writes clearly and forcefully, and presents a lively picture of the Greek political system, economic development, social changes and foreign relations. Aimed at readers coming to the subject for the first time, this is a readable and informative introduction to contemporary Greece.

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David Close is Senior Lecturer in History, Flinders University, South Australia.

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This comprehensive examination of Greece interweaves politically chronological chapters with chapters on society and the economy. It replaces in scope Kourvetaris and Dobratz, A Profile of Modern Greece (CH, Jan'89), and brings the story of Greece into the 21st century. Close places Greece within the general framework of Europe through comparisons with other Mediterranean European countries, while acknowledging the country's Balkan setting. The author maintains that Greece, especially after its entrance into the European Union, has closed in on the European model politically and economically, but has also remained peculiarly Balkan, especially culturally and socially. In foreign policy, Close takes a benign view of Greek attitudes towards the US and underplays the existing hostility. The book is clearly written and easy to comprehend, but readers must go beyond this volume for a more fundamental understanding of the country. There are notes at the end of each chapter and a guide for suggested readings, which are helpful in accessing further information. General readers and college students at all levels. T. Natsoulas University of Toledo

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Civil War & amp; Reconstruction, 1945-50
3 Dependent Development: the Economy, 1950-1973
4 Uneven Prosperity: Society, 1950-1973
5 The Post-Civil War Regime, 1950-1967
6 Military Dictatorship, 1967-1974
7 Foreign Relations, 1950-1974
8 Democratic Transformation, 1974-1989
9 Restructuring the Economy, 1974-2000
10 Old Values & amp; New Tensions: Society, 1974-2000
11 Converging with Western Europe: Politics, 1989-2000
12 Foreign Relations, 1974-2000
13 Whither Now? Guide to Further Reading"