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Censorship in the 4th of August State

The 4th of August State implemented strict censorship policies through the so-called Ministry of Press and Tourism. It is noteworthy to notice that Metaxas created this ministry just a couple of weeks after establishing its regime on August 4, 1936. […]

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The Greco-German War

Despite Metaxas’ strategy of armed neutrality and his wish to stay out of the war unfolding, Greece was forcedly involved in World War II on 28 October 1940, when the Italian Army invaded from Albania, beginning the Greco-Italian War. The […]

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The Greco-Italian War

In the cold winter of 1940-41, the Greek Army, leaded by General Ioannis Metaxas, defeated the several times bigger Italian army in a military conflict which is now only a footnote in many history books, but one that had a […]

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The Metaxas Line

The Metaxas Line was a chain of fortifications constructed along the line of the Greco-Bulgarian border, designed to protect Greece in case of a Bulgarian invasion after the rearmament of Bulgaria. It was named after Ioannis Metaxas, then Prime Minister […]

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Metaxas, demotic Greek and the language question

The Greek language question (Greek: το γλωσσικό ζήτημα, to glossikó zítima) was a dispute about whether the language of the Greek people (Demotic Greek) or a cultivated imitation of Ancient Greek (katharevousa) should be the official language of the Greek […]

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Metaxas’ early years

Ioannis Metaxas was born in Ithaca on April 12, 1871. His family roots traced back to the Byzantine nobility based in Constantinople. The head of the Metaxas family was Markos Antonios, who was advisor and co-warrior of the Byzantine emperor Konstantinos Palaiologos. After the […]

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In Memory of Ioannis Metaxas

On January 29, 1941 one of Modern Hellas’ greatest leaders, Ioannis Metaxas, passed away. Born on the island of Ithaki (Ithaca) on the 12 of April 1871 and raised in Kefalonia, Metaxas was a student at the Military Academy in […]

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John Metaxas: Bone and Gristle

In Belgrade last fortnight a German medical specialist boarded a fast Greek military plane for Athens. The chief surgeon of the British Mediterranean Fleet was rushing simultaneously in the same direction. Both were bound for the bedside of Greece’s Premier, […]

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