Greece


Greek Culture
January 25, 2007, 12:43 am
Filed under: History

Greek culture has evolved many times over thousands of years. Starting with the Mycenean civilizations and into the classical age, Greek culture has been formed from many other civilizations and influenced our many cultures today. The Greek people often have a strong link with their past emphasizing the classical period and all throughout today. They are known as a mostly friendly people who are known for their hospitality and somewhat relaxed attitude towards daily life, somewhat like here in Hawaii in a sort of “Hang Loose” kind of way.

The art and architecture of Greece has influenced western art and architecture greatly throughout the years. Remains of ancient Greek architecture still stand today and have been well documented throughout the centuries. Surviving Greek paintings are very rare due to the fact that they were mostly painted on wood. The finest Greek art was admired for hundreds of years after they were conceived, but unfortunately eventually disappeared later when they were no longer adequately protector.



CIA Briefing on Greece
January 19, 2007, 12:36 am
Filed under: History

Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and Communist rebels. Following the latter’s defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. A military dictatorship, which in 1967 suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country, lasted seven years. The 1974 democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981 Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the euro zone in 2001