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The Prelude to the Truman Doctrine: British Policy in Greece, 1944-1947
The Prelude to the Truman Doctrine: British Policy in Greece, 1944-1947
By G.M. Alexander
Clarendon Press/Oxford, 1983, 299 pp
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During and immediately after World War II the British viewed a friendly and democratic Greece as indispensable to their security interests, and discovered that Greek political ineptitude, economic misery and attendant radicalization made intervention necessary and monumentally difficult. Greek affairs, moreover, were inextricably linked to relations among the Big Three. A young historian, using recently released British documents, retraces British policy which proved to be a holding operation until the U.S. took over. A fine monograph but vastly overpriced and still without the editorial eye that would have excised "irregardless."