'In a rather emotional state?' The Labour party and British intervention in Greece, 1944-5

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'In a rather emotional state?' The Labour party and British intervention in Greece, 1944-5

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dc.contributor.author Thorpe, Andrew en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-12T12:32:49Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:53:00Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T14:14:04Z
dc.date.issued 2006-09 en_GB
dc.description.abstract In December 1944 events in Greece intruded briefly but violently onto the Labour party's political agenda. When police shot Communist-sympathising civilians in British-occupied Athens, and the Coalition government under Churchill appeared to support the act, constituency Labour parties and trade unions all over Britain passed angry resolutions of condemnation. The impact of the crisis was all the greater because the delayed annual conference of the Labour party was about to convene. The crisis was, in the event, soon overcome by adroit party management, a softening of Churchill's own position, the conclusion of a ceasefire in Greece, and the difficulty of sustaining grassroots anger over a complex and unfamiliar issue, while clear indications that Greece was not, for the time being, a Soviet priority inhibited British Communists from agitating more strongly on the issue. But the crisis did briefly threaten the carefully-crafted unity that had enabled Labour to profit from the circumstances of the war and which was to stand it in good stead at the July 1945 general election. It is also argued, however, that the extent and depth of Labour anger cannot be understood without a wider appreciation of Labour's rather febrile mood in the final winter of the war, in which events in Greece could be seen as yet another manifestation of an increasingly anti-Labour line being taken by the Coalition. The extent of Labour's crisis over Greece in that last wartime winter was at least as much about the future of Labour as it was about the present and future of Greece. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 121 (493), pp.1075-1105 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/ehr/cel212 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/18097 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_GB
dc.relation.url http://ehr.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/CXXI/493/1075 en_GB
dc.subject Labour Party en_GB
dc.subject Second World War en_GB
dc.subject Greece en_GB
dc.subject Attlee, Clement en_GB
dc.title 'In a rather emotional state?' The Labour party and British intervention in Greece, 1944-5 en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-02-12T12:32:49Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:53:00Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T14:14:04Z
dc.identifier.issn 00138266 en_GB
dc.identifier.issn 14774534 en_GB
dc.description This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in The English Historical Review following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version (Vol.121 (493), Sept. 2006 pp. 1075-1105) is available online at: http://ehr.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/CXXI/493/1075 . 24 month embargo by the publisher. Article will be released September 2008. en_GB
dc.identifier.journal The English Historical Review en_GB


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