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The Metaxas Myth


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction CHAPTER ONE Metaxas' regime and the Press Organisation and Structure The `Fourth of August' Publications EON, Ethnikos Organismos Neoleas (National Youth Organisation) and Press Propaganda The Press and the making of a charismatic leadership CHAPTER TWO Charismatic Leadership Metaxas - A symbol of the Nation O Protos Agrotis (The First Peasant) O Protos Ergatis (The First Worker) CHAPTER THREE Film Propaganda in Metaxas' regime The Structure of film before Metaxas' regime The `Fourth of August' regime and film legislation Educational and National Youth Film Propaganda EON Films - Themes and Representations The Principle of Leadership and the People CHAPTER FOUR The `Fourth of August' regime and Theatre Propaganda The Modern Greek Theatre before Metaxas' regime Metaxas' Dictatorship and the Theatre The `regeneration of Greece' and the Theatre Ethnikos Organismos Neoleas and Theatre Propaganda CHAPTER FIVE Radio Propaganda in Metaxas' Greece Organisation of `Fourth of August' regime radio propaganda CHAPTER SIX The Impact of `Fourth of August' Propaganda CHAPTER SEVEN Conclusion NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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The Metaxas Myth is the first detailed account of General Ioannis Metaxas's attempts to mimic the fascist models of Mussolini, Hitler, and Franco by portraying himself as the 'saviour' of the Greek nation in an effort to build his power base as dictator.

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Marina Petrakis is an established writer. She has written articles and contributions to newspapers and books on propaganda and war and is a contributor on both the Greek television and radio.


'Petrakis has unearthed some fascinating and rare material about theway in which Metaxas sought to bolster support for his quasi-fascist regime through the deployment of relatively sophisticated and modern methods of propaganda ...The book constitutes a pioneering piece of research, based on a wide range of sources.' - Richard Clogg, The Times Literary Supplement; 'Petrakis has produced the first major scholarly work on the propagandaused by the Metaxas regime in Greece, 1936-40. She has written a ground-breaking work that makes a major contribution to both the study of Greek history and the nature of European dictatorship in the twentieth century.' - David Welch, Professor of Modern History, University of Kent

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