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For Greece the twentieth century has been a period full of violence and uncertainty The last years of the century however have brought the potential for political stability in a slowly maturing democratic system and for economic prosperity as a part of a European continent undergoing unprecedented unification Democracy the basis of government since the foundation of the modern Greek state in 1832 has had its longest and most consistent application in the era that began with the toppling of the military in 1974 Economic growth which virtually stopped in the 1980s showed signs of revival in the early 1990s helped by substantial aid programs and strict economical guidelines from Greeces partner nations in the European Union EU On the negative side Greeces traditionally difficult relations with neighbor Turkey remained extremely tense as a series of territorial issues were still unresolved in the mid - 1990s And the violently unstable regions of the former Yugoslavia just to Greeces north renewed the threat that the wider Balkan turmoil of the earlier decades might begin a new chapter In the next few pages I will talk about the social political and economical aspects of past and current events that have occurred in Greece and I will give my take on it all I will briefly touch upon World War II The Civil War and the government under Papandreou as well as current issues facing Greece I - Historical Setting The decade of the 1940s was the most devastating and deadly in Greek history In that period the horrors of foreign military occupation were followed by the ravages of the Civil War The events of this decade left wounds that remain unhealed almost sixty years later Initially the war against Germany and Italy went very well for Greece The nation rallied behind General Metaxas and men of all political persuasions joined the military Under the leadership of General Tsolakoglou the Greek army in Epirus drove the Italians
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