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Papers initially offered at a convention, King's university, collage of London, 1981.

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Relative poverty and the limited absorptive capacity of local industry are the principal factors which drive Greeks abroad, though emigriltion has been facilitated by the great demand for labour in Europe and especially in the EEC. 5 per cent of these to Germany. Remittances have been important to the Greek economy for many years, and in 1978 they represented 3. 7 per cent) (28), but the significant point is that now a large proportion of them must come from the European Community. Position is influential in the economic geography of modern Greece in another way.

Greece has generally been seen as a nation with very limited economic potential - little arable land and rainfall, no obvious mineral wealth, poor transport and communications systems. Consequently Greeks for three millennia have utilised their maritime location to involve themselves in commerce and to move elsewhere to seek their economic fortunes. During the period of Ottoman domination the important economic centres for Greeks lay beyond the main concentration of the Greek population in the southern Balkans and lay instead in cities such as Constantinople, Smyrna, Alexandria, Varna and Constanza.

Their nationalism, whatever their politics, remains as rabid as ever. The historical forces shaping contemporary Greek politics are many, complex and frequently hard to pinpoint precisely. The Byzantine heritage and the experiences of Ottoman domination doubtlessly gave rise to many practices. As a consequence it has been argued that patronage-clientage, rousfeti (political favours) and personality politics dominate the Greek scene. Although these practices have attracted criticism, they are nonetheless widely accepted in Greece.

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