By Louis P. Cassimatis
The diplomatic family among Greece and the USA within the interwar interval have acquired scant awareness from historians, essentially as a result of non-political and non-military position of the us in that a part of the realm sooner than the second one international conflict. the yankee presence in Greece after 1917, even though, will be primary to the social and monetary improvement of the Greek kingdom, whereas American effect may finally permeate all degrees of Greek society.Dr. Cassimatis bargains the 1st, full-length account of this formative interval within the historical past of Greek-American international relations. the problems isolating the governments of the us and Greece within the Nineteen Twenties have been at the same time self-contained and overseas in scope. For Greece, they have been self-contained simply because they concerned options to household difficulties affecting the welfare--indeed, the survival--of the Greek kingdom. the world over, they have been interconnected simply because efforts to result in their answer contributed to an American entanglement within the Near-East rules of significant Britain, France and Italy. hence, American loans, advertisement aggrandizement, the inroads of yank capital, philanthropy, and cultural kinfolk have been yet elements of a bigger diplomatic environment during which the pursuits of the USA got here into clash with the pursuits of the Western ecu powers.
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But the fact remained that Italy was not strong militarily. The result was a conflict between the old doctrine of slow, patient negotiations toward modest goals and the new policy of pursuing ambitious and quick results. This conflict was the central problem in the formulation of Italian foreign policy during the first decade of fascist rule. For Greece, the problem of Italian aggressiveness was very real for three primary reasons: 1) the geographic proximity of the two countries enhanced the chances for diplomatic confrontation; 2) the participation of Italy in the International Financial Commission 3 gave Rome considerable leverage in Greek financial and political affairs; and 3) the conflicting claims of the two countries in Asia Minor.
Louise D. Karns, Assistant Reference Librarian, at Youngs-town State University offered indispensable assistance in the procurement of documents and secondary sources, some of which were extremely difficult to locate. I am indebted to my son, Nicholas, whose wizardry with things technical enabled me to survive the quixotic propensities of my word processor. It is to my wife, Antoinette, however, that I owe my greatest debt of gratitude. She typed several versions of the manuscript without complaint as she struggled to cope with my illegible script.
Within a few years various American Protestant denominations succeeded in establishing congregations in Athens and in other parts of the country. Initially, they met with little success, for the Greeks proved to be unresponsive to Protestanism. This failure was due in part to the sectarian squabbles of the missionaries, who often spent more time in competition among themselves than in proselytizing. More important was the Greeks' tendency to identify religion with nationality because of the stabilizing influence of the Greek Orthodox Church during the four centuries of Ottoman domination.
American influence in Greece, 1917-1929 by Louis P. Cassimatis