Revolution or Self-Defense? Communist Goals, Strategy, and Tactics in the Greek Civil War



John O. Iatrides,
Journal of Cold War Studies 7, no. 3 (2005): 3-33.

1. How does Iatrides answer the question of whether or not the Greek Communist Party’s (KKE) decision to go to war was a “revolution” or “self-defense”?
2. What were the KKE’s goals? Strategy? Tactics?
3. Did the KKE seek to impose a one-party Communist dictatorship by any means, including armed force, and to deliver the country to the Soviet orbit?
4. Or did the KKE want to protect leftists from right-wing persecution and to safeguard the prominent role the leftists had earned in the country’s political process through their popular wartime resistance movement
5. Iatrides tries to give a ‘balanced’ assessment of the causes of the Greek Civil War. In your opinion, does he succeed?

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