Children of the Dictatorship

Children of the Dictatorship : Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the "Long 1960s" in Greece

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Putting Greece back on the cultural and political map of the "Long 1960s," this book traces the dissent and activism of anti-regime students during the dictatorship of the Colonels (1967-74). It explores the cultural as well as ideological protest of Greek student activists, illustrating how these "children of the dictatorship" managed to re-appropriate indigenous folk tradition for their "progressive" purposes and how their transnational exchange molded a particular local protest culture. It examines how the students' social and political practices became a major source of pressure on the Colonels' regime, finding its apogee in the three day Polytechnic uprising of November 1973 which laid the foundations for a total reshaping of Greek political culture in the following decades.
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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.35mm | 689.46g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 33 figures
  • 1782380000
  • 9781782380009
  • 2,882,694

Table of contents

List of Figures Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1. A Changing Society * Universities between Progression and Regression * Student Activism * Teds and ye-yes: Youth culture * Generation Z * Continuities and ruptures in contentious politics Chapter 2. Phoenix with a Bayonet * Passivity, Consensus, Resistance * Tidying up the university * '68 as a point of reference * Life is Elsewhere: Greek Students Abroad * "The first square meters of liberated Greek soil" * The Greek Carbonari * Home-grown revolutionaries * The terrible solitude of Rigas Feraios * The historical generation retires Chapter 3. A Mosquito on a Bull * Competing youth cultures * Heirs and defectors * Tale of two cities * Political opportunities * Technocracy and its discontents * Marx's children * The Reformists * The Robespierres * The "other" among student groups Chapter 4. Cultural Warfare * Media and Publishing Strategies * The arrival of the 3 M's in Colonels' Greece * Cinema as a Gun * "Tickets to freedom": Theater * The musical culture wars * Gendered militancy and "sexual revolution" * Revolutionizing everyday life Chapter 5. Ten Months that Shook Greece * The Movement Gains Prestige * "Anything But May '68": The Law School occupations * The Cost of Participation * A "glocal" movement * The mission of the youth * "This is what Revolution must be like": The Polytechnic events * The copycat occupation * After the Revolution * Metapolitefsi and beyond Epilogue * "Everything Links" * Events * Medium-length: Utopias and outcomes * Future's past: Cultural changes Bibliography * Interviews * Periodicals * Archives * Published Sources * Secondary Sources * Film * Documentaries * Television Documentaries * Music
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" - [A]n outstanding political, social, and cultural history of youthful opposition to the Greek military dictatorship. It is thoroughly researched, thoughtfully crafted, theoretically rich, and beautifully written. It will immediately be an important text for those studying the global history of the 1960s, international manifestations of a new youth culture that emerged in the last third of the twentieth century, and the history of modern Greece." * James N. Green, Brown University "This is the first book in English that presents the history of the Greek youth that staged the most spectacular resistance to the 1967-1974 dictatorship, the 'Polytechnic' generation. Kornetis manages to contextualize the Greek youth movement within the cultural and political movements of the 'Long 1960s,' without losing touch with the specificity of the Greek sociopolitical developments." * Dimitris Papanikolaou, St. Cross College, Oxford "[A] signal contribution to the fields of the history of the 'Long 1960s' as well as of protest research in Europe." * Nikolaos Papadogiannis, Humboldt University, Berlin
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About Kostis Kornetis

Kostis Kornetis is Assistant Professor at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He received his PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute, Florence. From 2007 to 2012 he taught in the History Department at Brown University. His research focuses on the history and memory of the 1960s, the methodology of oral history, and the use of film as a source for social and cultural history.
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