The Schism that constituted probably the most fundamental defining point of the inter-war period
was consequent to and the culmination of the clashes of the previous period.
The figures of King George II and Eleftherios Venizelos embodied the two opposing poles
of the period.
For the great Cretan politician, the new situation after 1922
decisively contributed to the formation of a more conservative political
policy. His intervention in public life took on many forms:
suggestions for economic reconstruction, the orientation of Greek
diplomacy towards the new world agendas and participation in every kind of political
agitation (the military coups of 1933 and 1935). It becomes clear
that both during his active participation in public affairs (government
1928-32), and also during his periods of absence, his influence
and idiom had left their mark on the political life of the country as no other constitutional factor
had ever done.