[MGSA-L] Pallas Lecture: Karakatsanis on American Involvement in the Military Coup at Michigan

Roland Moore rolandmo at pacbell.net
Mon Mar 24 08:42:49 PDT 2014

From:    vlambrop at umich.edu
    Subject: American Involvement in the Military Coup at Michigan


	* Speaker: Professor Neovi Karakatsanis
	* Host Department:  Department of Classical Studies
	* Date: 03/26/2014
	* Time: 7:00 PM

	* Location: Michigan Union, Anderson Room  (Show map) 

	* Description: 
Fact or Fiction:  What More Do We Know about American Involvement in the 1967 Greek Military Coup?

A lack of scholarly and journalistic objectivity has long been a 
stumbling block in our understanding of the Greek military dictatorship 
of 1967-74. In Greece, one of the most commonly held beliefs is that the United States was actively involved in launching and maintaining in 
power the Colonels’ regime. Given the close relationship between the 
U.S. government and the Greek right (including the Greek military 
establishment) during the 1940s-1960s, one can easily understand the 
origin and plausibility of this perception. However, despite the nearly 
universal Greek acceptance of U.S. involvement, little to no evidence 
has been provided in either the scholarly or popular literature to 
substantiate (or refute) this claim. This presentation will attempt to 
do just that:  by calling attention to recently declassified State 
Department, U.S. Embassy and National Security Council files, as well as documents from the British Foreign Office, Karakatsanis will analyze 
and assess the U.S. perspective and its reaction to the Colonels’ coup 
of 1967. Highlighting the complex, contradictory nature of the 
U.S.-Greek relationship, this presentation sets forth a nuanced 
understanding of the actors, strategies and interests involved in the 
run up and immediate aftermath of the colonels’ 1967 coup.   
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