American influence in Greece, 1917-1929 by Louis P. Cassimatis

By Louis P. Cassimatis

The diplomatic family members among Greece and the USA within the interwar interval have bought scant realization from historians, basically as a result of the non-political and non-military function of the U.S. in that a part of the realm ahead of the second one global warfare. the yankee presence in Greece after 1917, even if, will be primary to the social and fiscal improvement of the Greek country, whereas American effect might ultimately permeate all degrees of Greek society.Dr. Cassimatis bargains the 1st, full-length account of this formative interval within the heritage of Greek-American international relations. the problems setting apart the governments of the us and Greece within the Twenties have been concurrently self-contained and foreign in scope. For Greece, they have been self-contained simply because they concerned suggestions to household difficulties affecting the welfare--indeed, the survival--of the Greek country. the world over, they have been interconnected simply because efforts to lead to their answer contributed to an American entanglement within the Near-East guidelines of significant Britain, France and Italy. therefore, American loans, advertisement aggrandizement, the inroads of yankee capital, philanthropy, and cultural kinfolk have been yet elements of a bigger diplomatic atmosphere during which the pursuits of the us got here into clash with the pursuits of the Western ecu powers.

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In the opinion of Greek officials the time appeared favorable for a greater American role in Greece, since the entrance of the United States into the war (April 1917) prompted the State Department to take a closer look at the internal affairs of nations which hitherto had been under European spheres of influence. It also could be expected that the United States government would play an integral part in the formulation of peace agreements after the war in an effort to protect its interests in the Near East.

It also was pointed out that at the conclusion of the war a dozen Page 14 important American corporations had permanent offices there, and many other American concerns were represented by local agents. " 11 In a peripheral way the Open Door policy was applied to Greece, for the strategic importance of her location and, to a lesser extent, her potential as a market were recognized by the Departments of State and Commerce even before the conclusion of the war. The gradual emergence of America's presence in Greece after 1917 was thus accomplished in an international milieu of conflicting economic and political interests.

Couloumbis of the University of Thessaloniki, and Saul S. Friedman of Youngstown State University read the manuscript in its entirety and offered incisive analyses and commentaries. For the accuracy of my text and the validity of my conclusions I remain solely responsible. In the initial stages of my research the late Professor Stephen G. Xydis provided illuminating suggestions relative to the delineation of my subject. Professor Peter Topping introduced me to the valuable Greek collection at the University of Cincinnati and facilitated the procurement of microfilmed documents from the University's library.

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