This book draws on my research for the degree of Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh. Therefore, my primary academic debt is to a number of scholars who provided me with invaluable support and vital guidance during my postgraduate studies. I am indebted, first of all, to my supervisors, Dr Jill Stephenson and Professor Malcolm Anderson, for their constructive feedback, their willingness to read drafts at very short notice, and their unceasing encouragement. At certain stages I sought the advice of a number of other scholars, and I am grateful to them for their eagerness to sacrifice precious time in responding to my requests. Mr Chris Black went far beyond the call of duty to read the final draft of my thesis, providing me at the same time with extremely useful hints that helped me in the preparation of this book. Dr Henry Palairet offered useful criticism and suggestions for Chapter One. Professor John Dimakis at the University of Athens was always willing to discuss my work from its inception to its later stages.
My warmest thanks are also owing to a number of people who helped me in different ways during the period of research and writing. At the Department of Politics of the University of Edinburgh, the warmth and personal concern of all members of staff, but especially of Professor Russell Keat, Dr Mary Buckley, Professor Alice Brown and Dr Richard Freeman, were an immense source of support in my everyday academic experience. The staff of the Main Library of the University of Edinburgh, and especially Scott Summers, were especially helpful and accommodating to my often excessive demands. Thanks are also due to Dr Simon Dixon at the University of Glasgow for his kindness; to Dr Stuart Wallace at the Centre for Continuing Education for offering me the opportunity to teach the subject of fascism to a particularly engaging audience of mature students; and to David White for a series of highly engaging conversations on the nature of fascist ideology back in 1996-7.
My research was significantly assisted by two generous grants, from the Voudouri Foundation and from the Sofia Saripolou Trust of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. A parallel research project of interwar Greek foreign policy, funded by the Foundation of the Hellenic World in 1998, helped me to develop aspects of the last chapter of the book on the Second World War.