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5th Seminar: Andreas Kakridis, "Kyriakos Varvaressos: biography as economic history"
Kakridis Andreas (Bank of Greece)
Socrates Petmezas (University of Crete)


Kyriakos Varvaressos is one of the most interesting economists and economic policy-makers of 20th century Greece. A professor and member of the Academy of Athens, Finance Minister during the default of 1932, Deputy Governor and later Governor of the Bank of Greece (1933-46), cabinet member in Tsouderos’s government-in-exile (1941-43), Vice-President in the Voulgaris cabinet after the war (1945) and economic advisor to the Plastiras Government in 1952, when he wrote his famous Report on the Economic Problem of Greece, Varvaressos is present in every key economic development of his era. 
What is more, he took part in all major international economic meetings, from the 1919 Paris peace conference to the 1944 Bretton Woods conference. He negotiated Greek debt, Greece’s inter-war clearing arrangements, post-war aid and the architecture of international monetary relations. He gained a reputation for his intellectual acumen as a technocrat and his skill as a negotiator. In 1946, he capitalized on this reputation to become elected to the first Board of Directors of the World Bank, in Washington, where he remained until his death, in 1957.

Using the recent publication of the Varvaressos biography by the Bank of Greece as a springboard, the author shall present the findings of a research project that spanned many years and archives, aiming not only to trace the life of an economist but to interpret – through that very life – key events, policy dilemmas and economic decisions. Thus, the biography aims to complement, if not also to challenge, our understanding of important events in recent Greek economic history.

Time and place: Monday 26.2.2018, 16:00-19:00, National Hellenic Research Foundation (48, Vas. Konstantinou av., Athens, groundfloor), metro "Evangelismos" or bus station "NHRF".

4th Seminar: Juan Carmona Zabala, "Between Politics and Advertising: Promoting Greek Tobacco Exports in the Interwar Period"
Carmona Zabala Juan (PhD student University of California, San Diego - Center for Hellenic Studies)
Socrates Petmezas (University of Crete)

Time and place: Monday 12.2.2017, 16:00-19:00, National Hellenic Research Foundation (48, Vas. Konstantinou av., Athens, groundfloor), metro "Evangelismos" or bus station "NHRF".

3rd Seminar: Eleftheria Zei, "Εμφυτεύσεις και κοινωνικοί μετασχηματισμοί στις Κυκλάδες, 17ος-18ος αιώνας"
Zei Eleftheria (University of Crete)
Nikos Karapidakis (Ionian University)

Time and place: Monday 18.12.2017, 16:00-19:00, National Hellenic Research Foundation (48, Vas. Konstantinou av., Athens, groundfloor), metro "Evangelismos" or bus station "NHRF".

2nd Seminar: Constantine Ardeleanu, "Technology Transfer, Transnational Bureaucracy, and the Making of a Security Regime in the Danube Delta (19th-20th Centuries)"
Ardeleanu Constantine (University of Galati & New Europe College, Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest)
Dimitris Kontogeorgis (Hellenic Open University, Ionian University)


This paper focuses on the development of Danubian trade and shipping after the establishment of the European Commission of the Danube in 1856, by the decision of the Treaty of Paris. This international institution underwent an impressive technical and administrative program that contributed to the transformation of the Lower Danube into a secure and prosperous transportation corridor. The Greek seafarers were the most important actors of Danubian navigation. On the basis of the archives of the Danube Commission, this paper aims to refer to the fields in which navigation was modernized, using statistical data to exemplify the transition from sail to steam and how the engineers coped with the ever-larger tonnage of the vessels plying on the Lower Danube.

The seminar is co-organised in collaboration with the Postgraduate Studies Programme in Modern History, Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University. The Seminar will be held in English.

Time and place: Monday 30.10.2017, 16:00-19:00, National Hellenic Research Foundation (48, Vas. Konstantinou av., Athens, groundfloor), metro "Evangelismos" or bus station "NHRF".

1st Seminar: Angelos Dalachanis, "Entre la petite et la grande histoire, Des employés Grecs dans la Compagnie universelle du canal maritime de Suez"
Dalachanis Angelos (EFA)
Sofia Avgerinou-Kolonia (Ecole Nationale Polytechnique d’Athènes ), Leda Papastefanaki (Université d’Ioannina)


Quels sont les critères avec lesquels l’employé d’une compagnie au personnel multiethnique prend des décisions lorsque celle-ci se trouve au centre de transformations géopolitiques majeures qui impliquent à la fois son pays d’accueil et celui d’origine ? Priorise t-il des intérêts personnels, familiaux, nationaux ou ceux de sa compagnie ? Les Archives nationales du monde du travail conservent des documents administratifs et des lettres de dossiers individuels des employés Grecs de la compagnie du canal de Suez. Ces dossiers nous permettent d’explorer la vie personnelle, professionnelle et familiale de ces Grecs d’Egypte, en particulier lorsqu’ils se trouvent à l’épicentre d’évènements de portée globale, avec la nationalisation de la compagnie et la crise de Suez en 1956. La relation étroite entre la petite et la grande histoire permet de mieux saisir les liens tissés entre le pays d’origine et celui d’accueil, ainsi que ceux-ci avec une compagnie universelle, dont la fondation en 1869 a durablement changé la façon de voyager et de commercer.

Lundi 9.10.2017, 16:00-19:00

Fondation Nationale Hellénique de la Recherche (48, Av. Konstantinou, Athènes, 5eme étage, grande salle de l’Institut des Recherches Historiques, no 524)


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