3rd Seminar: Antonis Hadjikyriacou, "Digital tools in economic and environmental history: the nineteenth-century property and cartographic surveys of Cyprus"
Hadjikyriacou Antonis (Panteion University, Stanford University)
Socrates Petmezas (University of Crete, IMS/FORTH)
The presentation examines the possibilities of employing Geographic Information Systems for the combined analysis of quantitative and cartographic sources to inquire into the relationship between economy, environment, and landscape in nineteenth-century Cyprus. This research is based on the Ottoman property survey of 1832/33 and the first modern trigonometrical map commissioned by the British administration in 1881-83. Despite the fact that both sources constitute for different reasons unique moments of the rural and urban landscape of Cyprus, thus rendering any generalisation a difficult endeavour, the wealth of the data remains important for understanding the relationship between economy and environment on the island. Employing the methods of deep mapping, the presentation will discuss the findings of the processing and analysis of data derived from a volume of 1,386 pages with reference to 894 geographic objects, 20,211 households, 25,163 individuals, and 99,532 properties. The valuable geographic information of the 1883 map further allow examining the correlations of these economic data with the environment and landscape of the time.
Date and time: Monday 1 February 2021 (16:00-18:00)
2nd Seminar: Christos Tsakas, "From Marshall Plan to Common Market: Greece, Germany, Europe, 1953–81"
Tsakas Christos (Danish Institute at Athens | Carlsberg Fellow)
Anna Mahaira (University of Ioannina)
This paper investigates the history of the German-Greek relationship in the context of European integration and demonstrates that West Germany and German-Greek business networks played a crucial role in the shaping of Greece’s post-war growth model. The paper challenges the assumption that the relationship between the two countries is overshadowed by the past and shows that, in fact, post-war German-Greek relations were forged around European integration with an eye to the future and that it was the two countries’ early rapprochement and the mutual accommodation of their respective aims that laid the foundations of their asymmetrical interdependence. It is the success of Greece’s European strategy, rather than its failure, that lies at the heart of Greece’s ongoing balance-of-payments problems: a lingering trade deficit with Germany, the country’s major trading partner, proved to be the price paid for growth and modernization.
Date and Time: Monday 7 December 2020, 16.00-18.00
1st Seminar: Vasilis Manousakis, "Black Market in Greece, 1941-1944"
Manousakis Vasilis (Historian, Dr. AUTH)
Andreas Kakridis (Ionian University)
The severance of occupied Greece from its traditional overseas markets, the widespread hoarding and concealment of production from the authorities, the purchases (and looting) of various goods by the occupiers, the collapse of the transport network and the diminished agricultural production due to the war were among the main causes of the emergence of the Black Market. However, this phenomenon was not one-dimensional nor was it characterized by uniformity and stability in time and space. The different 'colors' of the market ('White', 'Black', 'gray'), the geographical differences according to local conditions, the fluctuations depending on the course of the war and the role of the occupation authorities and the puppet governments (attempted repression but also cases of complicity), as well as the social consequences of the phenomenon are some of the aspects that will be addressed in this presentation.
Date and Time: Monday 2 November 2020, 16.00-18.00