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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 4 | 1967 - 1974

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The Regime of the Colonels

Thematic narrative

The gradual decline of democracy / The Junta / Ellas Ellinon Christianon / The Exiles of the Junta / The American influence / Censorship / The Navy Movement / Alexandros Panagoulis / The Resistance / The Polytechnic uprising / The 'Invisible Dictator’ / The Turkish invasion of Cyprus / Advent of Karamanlis / Junta’s legacy / Biographies [Makarios III - Constantine II of Greece –

G. Papadopoulos – Alexandros Panagoulis]

On 21 April 1967, a group of colonels overthrew the government of Greece and established a dictatorship of right-wing policies, restrictions on civil liberties, imprisonment, torture, and countless exiles. Only after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the junta's rule will fall and democracy will rise again. 



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© Thalia Maria Bitha
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