The Greek War of Independence: re-appraising its economic legacies

Hosted by the Hellenic Observatory

Online public event


Dr Maria Christina Chatziioannou

Dr Maria Christina Chatziioannou

Dr Andreas Kakridis

Dr Andreas Kakridis

Professor Stathis Kalyvas

Professor Stathis Kalyvas


Professor Joan R. Rosés

Professor Joan R. Rosés

How far may the economic problems of the modern Greek state be attributed to the nature of its origins? It’s small, albeit enlarging, size; the lack of popular trust in public institutions and authority; the recourse to patrons and to ‘rent-seeking’; and, its own vulnerability to external powers: are these path-dependent features that overwhelm the scope for change?

This panel will discuss the inheritance of 1821 for the course of development taken by modern Greece and how it has structured options and choices. When, and how, has or might such historical determinism be overcome?

Meet our speakers and chair

Maria Christina Chatziioannou is the Director of the Institute for Historical Research at the National Hellenic Research Foundation. She is Editor of the Historical Library for 1821 supported by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation as part of the "Bicentennial Initiative 1821-2021". Her latest publication is Entangled histories and collective identity: Narratives of the Chios massacre (1822) (2021).

Andreas Kakridis is Assistant Professor of Economic History at the Ionian University, Corfu; since 2017 he has also served as the Scientific Advisor to the Historical Archive of the Bank of Greece. He has taught at the University of Athens (2009-16) and the Panteion University (2016-19), and has also been a visiting fellow at the University of Columbia, New York (2014-15).

Stathis Kalyvas (@SKalyvas) is Gladstone Professor of Government at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and a fellow of All Souls College. Until 2018 he was Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he founded and directed the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence and co-directed the Hellenic Studies Program. In 2019 he founded and directs the T. E. Lawrence Program on Conflict and Violence at All Souls College. He has written extensively on civil wars, ethnicity, and political violence. His current research focuses on global trends in political violence and conflict. He has an additional interest in the history and politics of Greece.

Joan R. Rosés is Head of the Department of Economic History at LSE. His research interests comprise historical economic geography, European economic history (19th and 20th centuries), long term economic growth and productivity, and labour markets.

More about this event

The Hellenic Observatory (@HO_LSE) is internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus. It engages in a range of activities, including developing and supporting academic and policy-related research; organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops; academic exchange through visiting fellowships and internships; as well as teaching at the graduate level through LSE's European Institute.

The event is part of 21 in 21, celebrating the 2021 bicentenary of the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 21 Greek-British encounters. The 21 in 21 events are sponsored by the A.G. Leventis Foundation

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