A political overview of the rise and victory of Syriza in Greece, with historical analysis.
Greece's recent political turmoil captured the imagination of the left across Europe. Elected in January 2015 under the leadership of Alexis Tsipras, the radical Syriza party sought to challenge the European economic status-quo and secure a better future for the Greek people. The fierce confrontation with Greece's creditors which followed reverberated around the world.
Kevin Ovenden tells the rocky story of Syriza's first six months in office. Despite the party's many defeats, the rise (and fall) of Syriza is a symbolic and important story to tell. The twists and turns of the bailout negotiations with the Troika, the brief reign of iconoclastic Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, and the worrying rise of Golden Dawn and the extreme right all converge to create a pivotal moment in Europe's recent history.
Published in partnership with the Left Book Club.
Kevin Ovenden is a longstanding journalist, writer and activist who has followed Greece's politics and social movements for 25 years. He is the author of Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth (Pluto, 2015).
'A fascinating, humane, caustic analysis of Greece and the rebirth of its left, which contains inspiration and hazard-lights for progressives everywhere' - Zoe Williams, Guardian
'Highly recommended not only for understanding Greece, but for orienting ourselves in all our struggles' - International Socialism Journal
'Not only captures the complexity ... but also speaks to the question of whether radical change can be mobilised on both the streets and through the ballot box' - LSE Review of Books
Foreword by Paul Mason
1. Between Things Ended and Things Begun
2. The Resisted Rise of Syriza
3. Their Austerity and Our Resistance
4. The Monstrous Legacy of Racism
5. Lost in the Labyrinth
6. Face to Face with the Deep State
7. The Maw of the Minotaur
8. Revolt, Retreat and Rupture
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