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Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World

Redefining Greek–US Relations, 1974–1980

National Security and Domestic Politics

Authors: Antonopoulos, Athanasios

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  • Provides a bilateral study of Greek-US relations during Greece’s transition to democracy in the 1970s
  • Argues that Greek governments continued to view relations with the US as part of the country’s national security strategy throughout this period
  • Draws on Greek, US and British archival records
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This book provides the first bilateral study of Greek–US relations during Greece’s transition to democracy in the second half of the 1970s. Following the 1974 Cyprus crisis, which led to the collapse of the Greek dictatorship and Athens’ partial withdrawal from NATO, many scholars have claimed that Greece moved away from the United States. This book explicitly rejects this view. It argues that Greek political leaders continued to view close relations with the United States as an integral part of Greek national security despite the disappointment felt during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. At the same time, the Greek leadership could not overlook the anti-American movement, and had to respond to and manage it. In the United States, relations with Greece became part of the clash between the executive and legislative branches of government. Both President Gerard R. Ford and President Jimmy Carter proclaimed their commitment to restoring relations with Athens. This book highlights the continuity between the Republican and Democratic administrations of the 1970s in foreign policy objectives. Drawing on Greek, US and British archival records, it charts the evolving connections between Greece and the United States through the Greek–Turkish disputes, the impact of anti-Americanism and the Greek–NATO relationship offering original insight into this Cold War special relationship. 

About the authors

Athanasios Antonopoulos is an Adjunct Lecturer in History at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, Australia. He works on international history with a particular focus on Greek–Turkish–US relations, history of US foreign policy and transatlantic cooperation during the Cold War. 

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"This is an excellent book based on truly multi-archival, original research into the complex Greek-US relationship after the Cyprus Crisis of 1974 and Greece’s transition to democracy. Antonopoulos’ analysis highlights how Cold War considerations, the Greek-Turkish rivalry and domestic politics influenced decision-making in Athens and Washington. Reflecting on concerns about US commitment to its allies, the book showcases how a junior ally secured the superpower’s firm support in a convincing and bold way." (Hilde Henriksen Waage, University of Oslo, Norway)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Redefining Greek–US Relations, 1974–1980
Book Subtitle
National Security and Domestic Politics
Authors
Series Title
Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47656-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47656-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-47655-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 272
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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