Eleftherios Venizelos and William M.Hughes: Two Giants in Small Nations

Eleftherios Venizelos by Nikolaos Emm. Papadakis, Venizelos with his family, the Venizelos Residence Museum.

This article will briefly compare two prominent political leaders-Eleftherios Venizelos of Greece and William Morris Hughes of Australia, who represented their respective nations at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.

Both were strong leaders in their countries representing small powers at a gathering of major victorious powers such as Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan and the United States at the conclusion of the Great War. The other Allied power Russia took no part in the Paris proceedings as it was locked …

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  1. Who are you kidding? Venizelos started the Civil War with his Napoleonic coups of 1909, 1917, 1923 & 1935 which executed elected prime ministers and Macedonia-victor generals. Metaxas and the Junta never did that. The Greek civil war lasted from 1909 until Koufodinas was arrested in 1999.

    1. And I will add that the Venizelos coup of 1916-1917 was accomplished by his then-friends, the British, putting a starvation blockade around much of Greece. A lot of suffering occurred.

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