To megali idea - dead or alive?: the domestic determinants of Greek foreign policy

dc.contributor.advisorLaba, Roman
dc.contributor.authorJenkins, Mary A.
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.dateMarch 1994
dc.description.abstractThis paper discusses to megali idea, or the "Great Idea," which is at the origin of modern Greek nationalism. The "Idea" was to regain lands which formerly belonged to the Greek empire. The current Greek government's official line disavows any expansionist views, but the "Idea" has never really died. In amplification of this Idea and its ramifications, the origin and character of Greek nationalism are examined, especially as they pertain to the formation of Greek foreign policy. The problems of minorities within Greece, the Greek diaspora and the influence of the Greek Orthodox Church on foreign policy issues are also analyzed. The findings aid in a greater understanding of Greek foreign policy both in today's Balkan crisis and in Greece's ongoing conflict with Turkey, as well as illuminating the potential for Greece's involvement in future Balkan crises. Many of the conclusions presented in this paper were based on primary language research and interviews throughout mainland Greece and eighteen of the major islands, from September through November 1993. National elections which brought to power a socialist Prime Minister were held during October 1993, amid much rhetoric and international debate over questions of an "independent" Macedonia and minorities in Northern Epirus.en_US
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dc.description.serviceU.S. Navy (USN) authoren_US
dc.format.extent63 p.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleTo megali idea - dead or alive?: the domestic determinants of Greek foreign policyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A. in National Security Affairsen_US
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