Sotiropoulos, Dimitri A.
AffiliationUniversity of Wolverhampton
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AbstractThe chapter places Greek terrorism in a broader political and cultural perspective in order to explain why it has become a permanent fixture of Greek contemporary life. Revolutionary terrorism in Greece resulted from a complex series of political conditions and longstanding cultural influences that drew politically active individuals towards the utopian world of revolutionary protest and violence. These conditions and influences provided the foundations upon which extreme Left terrorism took firm root in the mid-1970s and are analysed in depth and placed within the wider context of the evolution of the Greek political culture within the last forty years, especially the years following the Civil War and the collapse of the Colonels’ dictatorial regime in 1974. The chapter also brings up to date the trajectory of Greek terrorism, by analysing the country’s new generation of urban guerrilla groups and defining what these new groups and their leaders seek to achieve, what motivates them, and how they compare with their predecessors.
CitationKassimeris, G. (2020) "Terrorism", Oxford Handbook on Modern Greek Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.425-438. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198825104.013.27
PublisherOxford University Press
TypeChapter in book
DescriptionThis is the accepted manuscript of a chapter published in the Oxford Handbook of Modern Greek Politics, edited by Kevin Featherstone and Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos, 2020, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press, https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198825104.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780198825104-e-27. All rights are reserved.