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«Οίκαδε» (Oikade / í•ka•de) is a brief guide to the Modern history of Greece, highlighting its most important events of the 20th and 21st century. 93 years of history are presented in 5 books and 93 illustrations, inspired by the “unseen” Greece: Traumatizing and critical events that shaped the contemporary Greek society, political leaders and socioeconomic crises that changed the course of history itself, one way or another.

The political posters are mainly symbolic, conveying different emotions and ideas in relation to the events for the viewer to apprehend. This project was the result of my Master Thesis in Middlesex University, inspired by the chronic economic crisis that has been agonizing for the country and the people’s oblivion to past traumatizing and important events that led up to this point.The project attempts to reintroduce history to the general public, in order to make history more interesting and relatable through the illustrations and the literary style of narration. “Oikade” targets the citizens of Greece, and everyone interested in learning the story, the known and the unknown aspects, of a small country with vast history.

The project received the Gold Award in the 2019 Young Designers contest, and is available at selected bookstores.

Chapter 2 | 1940 - 1945

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The Second World War

Thematic narrative

The Greco-Italian War / Second World War / The German Invasion / The Battle of Crete / The Triple Occupation / The Bulgarian Occupation / The Drama uprising / The Great Famine of ’41 / Economy of the Occupation regime / the treatment towards civilians / Traitors and Warriors / The Civil War during the Occupation / Liberation / Dekemvriana  - The events of December ’44 / The Treaty of Varkiza / A Review of the War / Biographies [A. Korizis - George II of Greece – Aris Velouchiotis– N. Zahariades – Z. Napoleon]

The Greco-Italian War marked the eve of the most painful and deadly decade. A decade of war, famine, death and destruction. The country breaks up in three zones between the occupations of Italy, Germany and Bulgaria. Greece escapes one world war only to fall into the clutches of a bloody civil war, destined to ruin all chances of societal reconstruction.



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© Thalia Maria Bitha
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