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'David Close's superb new studyxxx;offers the most articulate and comprehensive expression to date of a new approach to the war. It is difficult not to praise the book too highly. It is based on extensive and imaginative research and will surely help to bring Greek history and historiography into a wider domain.'

Mark Mazower in the Journal of Modern Greek Studies

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Masterpiece 25 May 2000
By vagos - Published on
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The only way to understand modern greek history is to provide the social and political background of the civil war which took place in the maountainous regions of Northern Greece.David close examines this and gives us a unique portrait of a divided country.Historiography must rely on such works. In conclusion , a total masterpiece.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Far-right claptrap, but nicely written 8 July 2012
By Barbara McKenzie - Published on
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I don't see it in the bibliography, but given Close's bias against the Greek Resistance and assumption of motives and aims that have long been disproved on the one hand, and support for British imperialism at its ugliest on the other, I suspect that Close's principal source was the Black Book of Communism.

I will give an example: 'battles [between the resistance army ELAS and the collaborationist Security Battalions] were credibly reported to have been followed by indiscriminate massacres of [...] 1,600 civilians at Meligala'.

Now, after the battle at Meligala, the coroner's court annonced that they had found 708 bodies. The Meligalas Victims association however lists 1,144 names. These include 18 women, 18 elderly people, one teenager, and no children. The remaining 96.8% were all men of fighting age.

A British Foreign office memorandum written a day or two after the battle notes: 'Ares arrives in Kalamata from Meligalas, at the the head of the III Division of ELAS, with 1000 antartes and his officers. He transfers to the city a number of prisoners, members of the Security Battalions. On the road to Kalamata a mob of non-combatants string up 12 of the prisoners and knife 14 others'. (According to an eye-witness, Stathis Kannavos, the Battalionists killed 30 villagers and 4 ELASites working on the telephone system at Aprchomo, which would explain at least in part the hostility towards the Battalionists.)

Elsewhere Close declares 'the Communist leaders [of ELAS] ordered an offensive against EDES [alternative resistance organisation funded by the British] on 9 October 1943. Now, Close provdes no proof that it was ELAS that attacked EDES, and in fact the evidence is to the contrary. General Sarafis of ELAS believes that EDES attacked first, and the British agent Woodhouse on the documentary Hidden War states, very carefully, that the British authorities 'chose to believe' that ELAS was to blame(!). F.O. records show that in the first two weeks of October ELAS was involved in some 20 operations against the Germans, which hardly squares with a planned campaign against other organisations.

I note that the chapter on the December 1944 events, which followed a campaign of extreme provocation by the British in Athens, including the blatant arming and training of collaborators, and then the shooting on an unarmed demonstration, makes no reference to the provocation, but is termed 'Revolution Defeated'! (The demonstration, 250,000 strong, was protesting at the proposal to disarm ELAS, which would leave the Athenians at the mercy of the far-right gangs that had been armed by the British.)

Etc, etc. One hopes that as English-speaking researchers follow the example of their Greek colleagues and actually examine the evidence provided by e.g. the Foreign Office, 'historians' like Close will be consigned to history.

It is worth noting that Close is one of only two historians that the (very) right-wing Greek 'new wave' historian Kalyvas has any time for.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Modern Greece in a nutshell ! 19 Aug 1999
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Excellent scientifical work, tells the whole story on how modern Greece became what is today. If you haven't read anything on MG till now, start by reading this one.
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a sober account of the Greek civil war 28 Jun 2010
By LilyS - Published on
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Very useful, it's hard to find unbiased books about the Greek civil war in Greece, as people who write about the subject often still have memories of the events and have political views that force them to take sides. This book puts the Greek civil war in a broader context.
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