[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Lecture: November 18, 2014

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Tue Nov 11 13:17:41 PST 2014


Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


Postwar Transition Within a War:
The Crossing Paths of an American Journalist
and a Greek Communist 1944-1950

Kostis Karpozilos

Kk7 at princeton.edu<mailto:Kk7 at princeton.edu>

Mary Seeger O'Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hellenic Studies

Respondent:  Philip Nord, History

On December 6, 1944 Athens witnessed the opening act of a "war within a war" as armed policemen attacked a demonstration of the National Liberation Front. Events around Syntagma Square - a pivotal point in contemporary expressions of social unrest - internationalized the rising tensions regarding the "day after" the war. This paper will challenge historiography of an inevitable transition from the Second World War to the Greek Civil War by focusing on an alternative aspiration which never materialized: the belief, shared by American liberals and Greek communists, in a United States intervention in favor of the Greek Left. The crossing paths of Connie Poulos, the first foreign correspondent to enter liberated Athens, and Kostas Karayiorgis, a Greek communist functionary who visited the United States, will illuminate a story of misplaced faith in history, transnational networks of wartime Resistance, and the transformations of Americanism and anti-Americanism in the immediate postwar setting.

Kostis Karpozilos earned his doctoral degree from the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete in 2010. His dissertation focused on revolutionary diasporas in the United States and the trajectory of Greek-American radicalism in the twentieth century. He is the scriptwriter of the documentary "Greek-American Radicals: the Untold Story" (2013) and the author of a book on the Cretan socialist intellectual Stavros Kallergis (Benaki Museum, 2013). He was a postdoctoral fellow (2012-2014) at Columbia University, and he has taught at the University of the Peloponnese, at Sciences Po., and at Columbia University. His current research engages with the role of political imagination in times of crisis and the contingencies of the transition from the 1967-1974 military dictatorship to the establishment of the Third Greek Republic in June 1975.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

4:30 p.m.

Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

Supported by The Christos G. and Rhoda Papaioannou Modern Greek Studies Fund

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