Dear friends of Modern Greek Studies,
Please mark April 16th (2015) on your calendars. The Program in Modern Greek Studies is very pleased to host Professor Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of History, Columbia University, for a MillerComm lecture. Professor Mazower's lecture will be entitled: "The Greek War of Independence in Global Perspective". The lecture will be held at 4pm at Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, Urbana, IL 61801. A poster of the event is attached and a short abstract and biography of the speaker follow:
Abstract: The struggle of Greek independence in 1821reverbated around the world and with effects continuing to be felt today - almost 200 years later. Mark Mazower examines what we can learn about our own attitudes to questions about state sovereignty, humanitarian intervention, and politics itself from those long-ago events and the way they were understood at the time.
Mark Mazower is an Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University, Director of both the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Center for International History at Columbia University and a member of the editorial boad of the academic journal Past and Present. He specializes in the history of Modern Greece, 20th-century Europe, and international history and his current interests include the history of international norms and institutions, the history of Greek independence, and the historical evolution of the Greek islands in the very long run. Mazower earned his BA in Classics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 1981 and his doctorate from the same university in 1998. He also holds an MA in International Affairs from John Hopkins University (1983). Prior to his employment at Columbia University, Mazower taught at Princeton University, Birkbeck College, University of London, and at the University of Sussex. He has published extensively in newspapers since 2002 including articles and comments on international affairs and book reports for the Financial Times and for The Independent. He has been also appointed to the Advisory Board for the European Association of History Educators (EUROCLIO). Mazower’s book The Balkans: A Short History won the Wolfson History Prize as well as the Adolphe Bentinck Prize and Inside Hitler’s Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44, both won the Longman History Today Award for Book of the Year. Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950 won the Runciman Prize and Duff Cooper Prize winner and was shortlisted for the Hessel-Tiltman Prize. His book Dark Continent won the Primio Acqui award in 2001 and the German History Book Prize in 2002. Mazower’s publications include: Governing the World: The History of an Idea (Penguin Group, 2012); No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations (Princeton University Press, 2009); Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe (Allen Lane, 2008); Networks of Power in Modern Greece, (as editor, C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, 2008); Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430–1950 (HarperCollins, 2004); Ideologies and National Identities: The Case of Twentieth-Century South-Eastern Europe (as co-editor, Central European University Press, 2003); After the War was Over: Reconstructing the Family, Nation and State in Greece, 1943–1960 (as an editor, Princeton UP, 2000); The Balkans: A Short History (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2000), reprinted as The Balkans: From the End of Byzantium to the Present Day (Phoenix, 2002); Dark Continent: Europe's 20th Century (Knopf, 1998); The Policing of Politics in the Twentieth Century: Historical Perspectives (as editor, Berghahn, 1997); Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941–44 (Yale UP, 1993); Greece and the Inter-War Economic Crisis, Clarendon Press, 1991 (first published 1989), also translated in Greek by MIET (2002). Mazower is also the recipient of the Dido Sotiriou Award of the Hellenic Authors Society in 2012 and the Society of Columbia Graduates Great Teacher Award in 2011.