Modern Greece: Facets of Underdevelopment

Modern Greece: Facets of Underdevelopment

Modern Greece: Facets of Underdevelopment

Modern Greece: Facets of Underdevelopment

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This collection of essays is an attempt to assess various theories concerning the development problems of third-world countries, by examining their relevance and utility for the analysis of a concrete case study — that of Greece. I started working on these articles several years ago when I embarked on a long-term and as yet unfinished project of studying peasant movements in Greece and Bulgaria during the inter-war period. Examination of the Greek inter-war society soon showed that to understand it properly a more comprehensive view of the development of the modern Greek economy and polity was needed. I also felt that, notwithstanding the relative scarcity of serious economic-historical research on modern Greece, the application of sociological theory to such material as did exist already could (even without systematic groundwork on primary sources) shed some new light on the country's historical development and could provide guidelines for a fresh look at some crucial problems of the Greek social formation. Also, focusing on a country which, in a variety of ways, had experienced for centuries the disrupting effects of Western imperialism would be a useful way of investigating in concrete terms the various theories on underdevelopment — theories which occupy a prominent place in today's sociological literature.

The present volume, which lays the foundations for a more intensive study of Greek and Bulgarian inter-war social structures, is the result of an attempt to get better acquainted with the historical development of the Greek class structure by using conceptual tools derived from the vivid debates on the problems which poor countries are now facing in their efforts to overcome their poverty and dependence.

Part I of the book consists of a single chapter which gives an overall analysis of the development of Greek capitalism from the Ottoman period until today. This rather long chapter provides the connecting links . . .

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