Post-War Eugenics, Reproductive Choices and Population Policies in Greece, 1950s–1980s

  • Alexandra Barmpouti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alexandra Barmpouti
    Pages 1-20
  3. Alexandra Barmpouti
    Pages 21-43
  4. Alexandra Barmpouti
    Pages 45-83
  5. Alexandra Barmpouti
    Pages 85-132
  6. Alexandra Barmpouti
    Pages 133-190
  7. Alexandra Barmpouti
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 203-204

About this book


This book sheds light on the history of Greek eugenics during the post-war period. At this time, eugenics had already been condemned by international declarations. Alexandra Barmpouti, however, challenges the assumption that eugenics disappeared and confirms the continuity of eugenics after the Second World War. She looks at the Greek paradigm because it included the establishment of a eugenics society in 1953 and revealed the contact of Greek eugenicists with renowned British and American birth control advocates. 

The book covers for the first time the untold history of contraception in Greece during the 1950s and 1960s when the use of female contraceptives was forbidden. It thus justifies that birth control was ideologically based on eugenics. In the same context, the book discusses significant breakthroughs related to eugenics, such as the rise of the feminist movement and the advance of human genetics that took place during this period.


Birth control Hellenic Eugenics Society Planned Parenthood Interwar eugenics Reproduction Population control Health Transnational organization Gynaecology

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexandra Barmpouti
    • 1
  1. 1.AthensGreece

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03567-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03568-6
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