This book aims at explaining in detail the political, economic and social evolution of Greece since 1974 up to now. It describes the present reality of a fascinating country, which showed its new face in 2004, the year that forever changed the history of contemporary Greece. A lot of people mistrusted in Greece at the eve of 2004 Olympic games in Athens. Greece was considered unready for such an important event: many people thought that the games could underline the limits of Greeks. On the contrary, Olympic games showed everybody the remarkable ability in organization of Greece, which made rapid progress. In 2004 Greeks demonstrated to have a lot of reasons to be proud of, not only in their past, but in their present too. Greece started a new course in 1974, when the Colonels junta collapsed and democracy was regained: first the entrance in the EEC, then the Euro currency and the UN Security Council. During the last years Greece laid the foundations for a further political, economic and social growth.
The book is made up of several chapters, each written by a different author. Ninni Radicini analyses the home politics of Greece since 1974 up to now: he well explains the facts that led the country to bipolarism and to government alternation, which many European countries (like Italy) may envy. Vincenzo Greco well explains the foreign politics of Athens government since 1974 up to now. He underlines how Greece entered the international scene and pays also attention to such important matters as the relations with Turkey, the question of Cyprus, the entrance in the EEC and the EU, the case of Macedon. Rudy Caparrini, the book editor, wrote two chapters: the first one aimed at explaining the economic development and the social change of Greece in the last thirty years; the second one centered in the year 2004, when Greece became very important all over the world. The book offers also a preface written by the famous journalist Antonio Ferrari, a columnist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, and expert in contemporary Greek history.PDF format