Universität Wien

090050 VO The Greek Civil War and its consequences, 1944-1974 (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 9 - Altertumswissenschaften


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


Sprache: Englisch



Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Update 20.11.2021: The course will be conducted in digital form during the lockdown.

Mittwoch 13.10. 11:30 - 13:00 UZA2 Hörsaal 5 (Raum 2Z202) 2.OG
Mittwoch 20.10. 11:30 - 13:00 UZA2 Hörsaal 5 (Raum 2Z202) 2.OG
Mittwoch 27.10. 11:30 - 13:00 UZA2 Hörsaal 5 (Raum 2Z202) 2.OG
Mittwoch 03.11. 11:30 - 13:00 UZA2 Hörsaal 5 (Raum 2Z202) 2.OG
Mittwoch 10.11. 11:30 - 13:00 UZA2 Hörsaal 5 (Raum 2Z202) 2.OG
Mittwoch 17.11. 11:30 - 13:00 UZA2 Hörsaal 5 (Raum 2Z202) 2.OG
Mittwoch 24.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 01.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 15.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 12.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Mittwoch 19.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The Greek Civil War started as a late episode of the Second World War, a conflict between resistance and collaboration, and ended as a prelude to the Cold War, a battle of the "Free World" vs. Communism, thus providing a demonstration of the fact that, as Jan Patocka wrote, "the Second World War did not end, mutating instead into something peculiar which looks neither quite like war nor quite like peace". The toll it took on human lives, material damages and collective suffering makes the Civil War of 1944-1949 the most deadly and traumatic event in contemporary Greek history.

The military conflict ended in 1949, but the shadow it cast on the political, social and cultural life of the country proved heavy and enduring. For a whole quarter of the century, until the fall of the colonels' junta in 1974, a "para-constitution" of special laws remained in force as the legal framework for the implementation of state censorship, surveillance and repression against the pro-communist Left. As a result of the political ban, the memory of the collective trauma was first repressed and/or silenced, but it did not take long to find its means of expression to literature, poetry, theatre and/or popular music.

Making use of primary sources (literature, poetry, movies, popular music) and discussion of the recent research on the period in political and cultural history, anthropology and literary studies, this course aims to provide (a) an overview of the political, cultural, ideological and social consequences of the Greek Civil War and (b) an understanding of the flaws and limits of democracy in Greece within the broader Cold War context.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab


Written exam



Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:14