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by the time of the unexpected military coup of 1967, the stateand society of Greece had reached a specious politicalstability, one imposed under the tutelage of the right, theincreasingly reactionary Monarchy, and the American hegemony asexpressed by the U. S. Embassy and the Pentagon. These dominatedthe armed forces and the Western-oriented elite, which agreed to thesuppression of dissent from the marginalized and persecuted left.Although The Iron Storm appears to concentrate on the shockedand overwhelmed literary intelligentsia as it launched its counterattackwith dissident publications, it is more accurately a large-scalestudy of Greek literary culture from the time of the Nazi Occupation,the Civil War (the final manifestation of the ‘Greco-Greek war’)unresolved since the founding of the State, and the decades-longpost war era.Since the Greek nation was part of the European Community andNATO, the Greeks assumed that these provided them with rightsand privileges that could not easily be negated and ignored. But itwas the Junta, brutal toward the elite as well as the left, that showedthem how meaningless these were and provided them with insightsinto how they should go about viewing their role as a vassal state andachieve a true stability.In Philhellenes (1992) according to Mimika Kranaki, the Greeksin Paris— no longer Hellenes because their citizenship had beenrevoked— were isolated for decades by official Greece, believed thefollowing: “The Junta had to come, the Junta had to leave, so that thechange of government could come to heal the wound of the Civil War,so that we should be welcomed and invited to our Embassy….”
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