The great depression of the inter-war years was the most profound shock ever to strike the world economy, and is widely held to have led directly to the collapse of parliamentary democracy in many countries. This scholarly study of Greece in the period between the two world wars, however, demonstrates that there was no simple correlation between economic and political crisis. How was an underdeveloped country such as Greece able to recover so
fast from this unprecedented economic crisis? Mark Mazower examines the complex processes involved, basing his analysis on detailed statistical research. Recovery, like crisis, threatened prevailing notions of the relationship between state and society, and undermined traditional ruling elites. Dr
Mazower's challenging study makes an important contribution not only to the historiography of modern Greece, but also to our understanding of the interrelationship between politics, economics, and the democratic process.
'masterly, and very well-written ... Mazower's book provides the indispensable economic context of the slide towards authoritarianism in 1930s Greece, a development that was paralleled in the other countries of the Balkans.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
`closely researched study, ... it is an authoritative analysis of Greek politicians in their social and economic context and of the interplay of domestic political, economic and social forces.
Nigel Clive, The Times Literary Supplement
'a splendid study ... a well-written and thoroughly researched book, one valuable to the scholar and interesting and enlightening to the general reader. It should become an indispensable reading for all students of modern Greek history. Mazower has produced a good book.'
John A. Koumoulides, Ball State University, History
'Thanks to his knowledge of the language, Mazower makes good use of a wealth of information available in Greek.'
Thanos Veremis, University of Athens, European History Quarterly
'this pathbreaking study will do much to attract interest to a previously neglected area ... It is the first scholarly work on Modern Greek economic history to appear in English ... Meticulously researched ... and accompanied by a wealth of illuminating tables ... this volume will be of interest to more than economic historians, and the author has clearly made great efforets to make the book accessible to all readers ... This is a volume that provides what
has long been the missing economic dimension in the history of inter-war Greece; as such, it will be essential for anyone looking at Greece's political history.'
Erik Goldstein, University of Birmingham, MGS 11:2, October 1993
`The author has made extensive use of Greek sources and recent Greek research and he brings out the ebb and flow of Greek politics as well.'
English Historical Review
List of abbreviations; Introduction; Politics and social change; The wartime inheritance; Reconstruction and recovery; The export crisis; The financial crisis; Abandoning the Gold Standard; The new trade regime; Domestic recovery and the state; Conclusion; Tables; Appendix 1. Debt default of the periphery; Appendix 2. The impact of import restrictions; Bibliography; Index
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 1st August 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.6
Weight (kg): 0.58