Greece, socialism, communism, and the left, 1974-2008

C. Giovanopoulos, Giannis (Jean-Marie) Skalidakis

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Greek history after the 1967-1974 dictatorship is characterized by a transition from a post‐civil war police state to democratic stability, known as "metapolitefsi". This process was to a large extent a reaction to the forceful socialist and communist movement, leading to a deeper integration of the traditional left in the “national backbone” of political life. At the same time, grassroots movements and a dynamic extra‐parliamentary left contested this political mutation and reinforced antagonistic struggles, on some occasions with spectacular results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the present
Place of PublicationMalden (USA) & Oxford (UK)
PublisherWiley Blackwell
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-405-19807-3, Immanuel Ness
ISBN (Print)978-1-405-18464-9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Greece 1974 - 2008
  • communist - socialist movements
  • revolutionary left
  • political history
  • democracy
  • student movements


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