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Editorial Introduction

Kallis, Aristotle; Souvlis, George

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George Souvlis


There are few more challenging tests of fascist core-periphery topographies than the case of interwar Greece. Greece can claim no significant fascist movement in the interwar years; no significant fascist political party; and no dictatorial regime inspired by a genuinely revolutionary ultranationalist vision. In the last category, the only possible candidate, the 4th of August dictatorial regime headed by the retired general Ioannis Metaxas, was established late (1936) and lasted only for a few short years until the death of the dictator (January 1941). The contributions to this special issue on interwar Greece feature not only diverse aspects of the Metaxas regime but also offer broader perspectives on the ideological and political dynamics of fascism across the 1920s and 1930s. This special issue intends to build bridges between historical and sociological approaches; between the study of ideas and the analysis of policies; between contextual specificities and international trends; and, in the end, between recent historiographies of generic fascism and of modern Greek history. Collectively, the contributions also evince a plea to take the fascist experience and the potential for radical ruptures in interwar Greece more seriously.

Acceptance Date Sep 9, 2022
Publication Date Nov 16, 2022
Journal Fascism
Print ISSN 2211-6249
Electronic ISSN 2211-6257
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 159 - 167
Keywords Greece; fascism; Metaxas regime (1936–1941); interwar period
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