I recently obtained a PhD for my thesis on British foreign policy towards the Greek Colonels’ regime, 1967-1974.
My research uses recently released documents from both the UK and (for the first time) Greece to explore the Wilson and Heath governments’ diplomatic, defence, and trade relations with the military dictatorship that ruled Greece from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s.
The main hypothesis is that subsequent Labour and Conservative governments followed a pragmatic policy in their dealings with the Athens junta, mainly because of the significance attributed by Britain to security and financial concerns.
Greece’s allegiance to NATO and London’s willingness to continue (and expand) trade prospects with foreign countries meant that there was little space for human rights concerns in British foreign policy decision-making.
My PhD supervisor was Dr. (now Professor) Alan Sked