Visiting Fellow, Summer 2019
Margarite Poulos is a Senior Lecturer at Western Sydney University where she teaches modern European history. Her main area of research is modern Greek social and political history with a particular interest in the Greek Civil War, nationalism at war, the history of Greek feminisms, and the national, transnational and international history of the Greek communist women’s movement. She is the author of Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity (Columbia, 2010). Her most recent publications focus on the activities of the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF) in Greece during the Civil War (‘So that life may triumph’, Journal of Women’ History (2017), ‘Communist women’s agency and ‘realpolitik’’, Review of European History (2017), ‘Gender politics in the aftermath of Resistance’ in Douzou and Yusta (eds) Resistance and Gender (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2018).
During the term of the fellowship, Margarite Poulos completed a paper that (re) examines the relationship between the Anatolian refugees and the growth of communism in Greece, during the period of the Second Hellenic Republic (1924-1935). Using primary data collected in Moscow and selected materials from the Modern Greek collection at the Firestone Library, the paper finds that the nature and extent of refugee identification with the communist movement at this time was far broader and more complex than traditional interpretations, based on electoral results of the period, allow. The paper grew out of research undertaken for her forthcoming book on the social history of Greek communism in the era of Bolshevisation (Vanderbilt University Press).