Adamantios Theodor Skordos

From «Russian Pan-Slavism» to «Soviet Slavo-Communism». Slavicness as an Enemy Concept in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Greece

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Keywords: South-East Europe; Oriental Question; Megali Idea; Civil War; Anti-Communism.

This article focuses on the most meaningful phases of elaboration of anti-Slavic discourse within the national Greek community from the nineteenth century until the fall of the Greek military junta of 1967-1974. In the first section, the article examines the relations between Greeks and South Slavs in the first half of the nineteenth century. The second and third sections of the article highlight in detail the role played by the outbreak of the Crimean War in 1853, the establishment of an independent Bulgarian Church in 1870 and the radicalization of the Macedonian Question at the end of the nineteenth century in the elaboration of the Greek anti-Slavic discourse. Finally, the fourth and final section deals with the perception of the Slavic threat during the Greek Civil War of the 1940s and its progressive dismissal from the Greek public arena in the second half of the 1970s.

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