Lecturer: Dr Nick Dallas
After the termination of the Greek Civil War in 1949, faraway Tashkent, the present-day capital of Uzbekistan, became home to more than 12,000 Greek political refugees, mainly former combatants of the Greek Democratic Army. On the 9th and 10th September 1955 violent clashes took place within this exiled community between two opposing factions, those supporting the KKE (Greek Communist Party) leader Nikos Zachariades and those opposing him.
These disturbances were so severe that they required the intervention of Uzbek and Soviet security authorities to restore order.
The events that took place weren’t very well known in Greece as they occurred around the same time as the Istanbul riots, mob attacks primarily directed against Istanbul’s Greek Community. The conflict was the result of a widening rift that had been evolving in the KKE’s Tashkent Party Organization. This presentation will examine the build-up and reasons that led to these events.
Nick Dallas has a multi-discipline background which spans chemistry, political science and economics. His numerous academic interests include economic history, globalization issues and educational matters. Presently he is the national sales manager for Professional and Vocational Education at McGraw-Hill Australia, a global learning science company. He has been on the GOCMV’s Board of Management since 2012 and takes an active interest in all of the Community’s education initiatives.
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