Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jared Poley, Ph. D.

Second Advisor

Larry Grubbs, Ph. D.


Much of the available scholarship today underplays the role of Greece within the context of the Cold War between, the United States and the Soviet Union. The purpose of this study, we will place Greece as the test subject of a modern approach to war by Washington in assuming a neo-colonial master’s role to reconstruct Europe post World War II. The following thesis will challenge the preconceived notion that Greece and the United States entered into this diplomatic arrangement with only the intentions of containing communism. This research will concentrate on the role of political fear, through government legislation and political rhetoric played out in the Cold War. Re-contextualizing the Greek crisis and the Cold War will bring awareness to the early dawn of this ideological war, or as Howard Jones describes it, a new kind of war, and how it was the basis for future foreign interventions by Washington.