State control over Greece's agricultural institutions increased during Metaxas's authoritarian regime (1936-41). Analysing such state control allows us to address, in the Greek context, two questions with regard to fascist agrarian regimes. First, considering the trajectory of agricultural policy before the emergence of these regimes, how much of what they did was new, and how much was not? Second, how did the cadres of agricultural specialists participate in, or at least accommodate, the new regimes? Our research shows that Metaxas received support from the agronomists who had been active in Greece under previous liberal administrations. Such support did not take the form of laudatory statements or ideology-driven activism. It was rather a discreet acceptance of the new circumstances, combined with defection from one's previous political camp. Metaxas's dictatorship inherited most traits that made it a fascist agricultural regime from previous liberal administrations.
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- Geography, Planning and Development
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Urban Studies