Collective Memory and Political Mythologies: Eleftherios Venizelos in Greek Postwar Historiography, 1945–1967

Published: Jul 6, 2021
Eleftherios Venizelos Collective Memory Political Uses of the Past History of Historiography Reputation Studies
Christos Triantafyllou

During the first decades after the Second World War, Greek society had to deal with a vast array of issues, including its relationship with the past. In this context, Eleftherios Venizelos, a great statesman of the early twentieth century, was frequently used both as a symbol in contemporary political debates and as a metonymy in various attempts to contextualise the history of the first half of the century. An important part of these attempts was the corpus of public narratives produced about Venizelos and his era, either as historiographical accounts or autobiographical texts. These narratives, published in newspapers and books, were not, for the most part, academic; their authors were usually journalists, retired military officers, or politicians, who formed a political-historical nexus and who produced a new discourse on a historical period which had hitherto received little or no historiographical attention. In fact, this discourse left its mark on Greek political and historical culture for decades to come.

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Christos Triantafyllou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Faculty of History and Archaeology
Christos Triantafyllou was born in Athens in 1991. He studied at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA), where he earned his PhD in modern and contemporary Greek history in 2020. He has worked as a research assistant (EKPA) and as a research associate (Contemporary Social History Archives, Historical Archive of the EKPA). He has also worked as a copyeditor in the publishing field. His work has been published in academic journals and in collective volumes. His research interests include the cultural history of the political, the history of historiography, and memory studies, focusing on the twentieth century in Greece. Since 2013, he has been editor-in-chief of the online magazine Skra-punk.
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