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Thomas W. Gallant, “Greece's Two Fins-de-Siecles”

Thomas W. Gallant, Professor of Modern Greek History and Archaeology (University of California, San Diego) gave a lecture on Greece's Two Fins-de-Siecles”, on Friday 17 March 2017 at 5.00 p.m. (Room 4, 2nd floor, 42-44. Aiolou street).

Abstract: Greece is in a state of crisis and has been for the last seven to eight years. When and in what shape it will emerge from its current difficulties are open questions. This is not, however, the first turn of the century that has proved problematic for Greece. Indeed, there are remarkable similarities between what the country experienced during the 1890s and 1900s and the 1990s and 2000s. This lecture compares and contrasts the key developments during those two critically important periods, not to draw easy or simple parallels between them but to use them to explore some recurring patterns as we approach the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of the country.

Thomas W. Gallant holds the Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History and is Professor of Modern Greek History and Archaeology in the History Department and the Center for Hellenic Studies at the Universityof California, San Diego, He received his PhD in Classical Archaeology from the Universityof Cambridge. He is the author of twelve books and over 40 articles; among his books are Modern Greece (2001), the prize-winning Experiencing Dominion: Culture, Identity and Power in the British Mediterranean (2002), and August Burning: The 1918 Anti-Greek Riot in Toronto (2008), which was made into an award-winning documentary film. His most recently published are: The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, 1768-1913: The Long Nineteenth Century (2015), Η εμπερεία της αποικιακής κυριαρχίας. Πολιτισμός, ταυτότητα και εξουσία στα Επτάνησα, 1817-1864 (2015),  Modern Greece from Independence to the Present (2016), Σύγχρονη Ελλάδα (2017). In progress are:  Murder on Black Mountain: Love and Death on a Nineteenth Century Greek Island (2017) and Europes First Modern War: The Greek-Ottoman War of 1897 (2018). He is currently editor-in-chief of the ten-volume Edinburgh History of the Greeks, Social Science editor of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies and director of KASHAP: the Kefalonia and Andros Social History and Archaeology Project.