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CfP "Economic transformation in Cyprus and the Levant, 1850-1939", Nicosia, 3-5 November 2017

30-05-2017 23:39

The economic history of the Levant is emerging as an important puzzle in our understanding of divergent paths in economic growth and development in the region. In an era of great economic global transformation, knowledge of economic transformation of the Levant is not as complete. We intend to highlight research indicating the reasons behind partial change and transformation of the Levant region during the period 1850-1939. 

The geographic focus of the conference is the Eastern Mediterranean Basin (often collectively called ‘the Levant’); this region has always been seen as lagging behind Europe in terms of development. And yet everywhere buds of modernity were being created. We endeavour to identify both common and diverging economic traits in the economic history of this region, traits that have affected economic progress or regression: economics and finance, trade and commerce, industrial and enterprise development, entrepreneurship and the development of local institutions (esp. financial ones).

Special aspects of interest to the conference are commercial and trade networks and links; the flow of money to and from the private sector; the transformation of the region’s societies from agrarian to industrial; the creation and role of banks; and the transformation and modernisation of the economy. Social issues such as economic inequality, income and social mobility are also of interest. It is hoped this will point participants to the origins and the causes of the particular characteristics of the regional economies and the way these have affected the development and evolution of the region as a whole.

The Conference is co-organised by the University of Cyprus (Department of History and Archaeology and Department of Economics), the European University of Cyprus (Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting) and the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. The conference will be hosted in the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation Building in Phaneromeni, Nicosia.

Abstracts must be submitted by July 1st, 2017 to the address


Η Δράση Αναβάθμιση και Ανανέωση του ιστοχώρου της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Οικονομικής Ιστορίας χρηματοδοτείται από το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος Ενίσχυσης Επιστημονικών Εταιρειών 2016