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The United States and the Making of Modern GreeceHistory and Power, 1950-1974$
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James Edward Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832479

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887943_miller

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Coup d'état, 1964–1967

Coup d'état, 1964–1967

(p.111) 5 Coup d'état, 1964–1967
The United States and the Making of Modern Greece

James Edward Miller

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the Athens French ambassador's analysis of the “American presence in Greece” for his superiors in Paris. By announcing that it would terminate all its grant-aid programs, the United States was moving further away from its role as protector power. “Since 1952 we can document no U.S. interventions, and our files are quite complete.” The United States, of course, remained by far the most significant foreign presence in Greece. Its military assistance programs enabled the Greeks to field and pay for a respectable modern army. Its economic assistance programs helped Greece avoid balance-of-payment problems while they fueled economic growth. Overall, U.S. private capital had played a relatively limited role in the Greek economy, with the exception of the movie industry.

Keywords:   Athens French ambassador, American presence, grant-aid programs, protector power, military assistance programs, U.S. private capital, movie industry

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