Tangled Webs

The U.S. in Greece 1947-1967

by Yiannis P. Roubatis

This provocative new study of U.S.-Greek relations examines American involvement in Greek politics from the start of the Greek Civil War in 1947 through the April 21, 1967, colonels’ coup d’etat which brought Greece’s precarious parliamentary regime to an abrupt end.

The author’s main thesis is that the United States attempted to consolidate its influence in Greece through control of the Greek armed forces. The period during which this was attempted, the decades of the 1950s and 1960s, was one during which Greece was ruled by the “conservative triangle of power,” which included the military, the royal family, and—oftentimes only tangentially—the Greek government itself. The authoritarian nature of this quasi-democratic regime was based on the widespread coercion of a far-reaching internal security apparatus, which was itself supported by the extensive interference by the U.S. embassy in Athens in the daily decisionmaking of the Greek government.

This state of affairs stifled all attempts at liberalization in the 1960s and led, ultimately, to junior officers overthrowing the government and establishing a military dictatorship. In the words of the author, however, “Events since then have shown . . . that in fact the coup d’etat represented a significant failure in the foreign policy of the United States of America.”

U.S.-Greek relations are described against the background of the major political events unfolding in Greece between 1950 and 1967, including Greece’s entry into the NATO alliance and the Cyprus crisis.

ISBN 0-918618-34-7    228 pp    $15.00    Qty: