Photo of Eirini KaramouziDr Eirini Karamouzi

MSc, PhD, (London School of Economics)

Lecturer in Contemporary History

Western Europe since 1945;Cold War in Europe; Modern Greek and Balkan History; democracy and European identity; press and public opinion; European integation.

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Office hours: Wednesday 12pm-2pm



Eirini joined the History department at the University of Sheffield in September 2014. The year (2014-2015) she was also an A.G. Leventis Fellow at SEESOX, St Anthony's College, Oxford. She holds an MSc on European Politics and Governance and a PhD in International History, both from LSE. She has also held a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence and a Pinto Postdoctoral fellowship at LSE IDEAS. Before moving to Sheffield in 2014, Eirini was a one-year Lecturer of European Studies and History at Yale University.

Her first book Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979. The Second Enlargement reveals the rationale behind Europe's decision to accept Greece in its circle and details the dynamics of the accession negotiations in the evolving environment of detente and the rise of the Left in Southern Europe.

Eirini is a member of the EU-funded consortium on the Official History of the European Commission (HISTCOM3) that starts works on Oct 2015 for three years.

Also in July 2015 she received a three year research association at the Centre for International Studies (CIS), Oxford University.

Professional Roles

Journal of Contemporary History - Book Review Editor

MGSA - Modern Greek Studies Association, Member

SEESOX - Southeastern European Studies at Oxford, St Athony’s College, A.G. Leventis Fellow


CIS, Research Associate

SHAFR - The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Member

RICHIE - International Research Network of Young Historians of European Integration, Member



My main research interests lie in the history of European integration and the Cold War. My monograph Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979. The Second Enlargement is currently in the press.

I am currently working on a number of projects, one of which is the legacies of Southern European Socialism in the 1980s. A two - day conference took in December 2014 in Florence to explore the coming to power of socialist leaders such as Gonzalez, Craxi, Papandreou, Soares, and Mitterrand, and the socioeconomic and foreign policies they followed in a period that saw a prominent shift to the right in many of the Western countries with Thatcher, Kohl and Reagan.

I am interested deeply in the contemporary history of the Balkans and I am currently co - editing a volume on the Balkans in the Cold War to be published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 that examines the political, economic, strategic, ideological and cultural affairs in the Balkans from the Second World War until the end of the Cold War (1945-1989).

I am also in the early stages of a project exploring the role of the Spanish and the Greek dictatorships in the rise of the international human rights movement and in the consitutionalization of democracy within the EU in the 1960s and 1970s. My second project will explore Press, public opinion and policy: Greek Socialists and Europe.



Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979. The Second Enlargement (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan: 2014)

Karamouzi Greece book coverGreece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979. The Second Enlargement (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan: 2014)

Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979 explores the history of the European Economic Community (EEC) in the turbulent decade of the 1970s and especially the Community's response to the fall of the Greek dictatorship and the country's application for EEC membership. The thesis constitutes the first multi-archival study on the second enlargement of the EEC, drawing in fact on British, French, German, Irish, American, EEC and Greek archives. Thanks to its novel Community-centred approach, Eirini Karamouzi's work reveals the rationale behind the Nine's acceptance of the Greek application and details the dynamics of the accession negotiations in the evolving environment of detente and the rise of the Left in Southern Europe.

Book Chapters

‘Enlargement and Identity Formation: A Reciprocal Relationship’ in Beers, M. & Raflic, J. (eds.): National Cultures and Common Identity (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2010), 255-266

‘Telling the whole story: America, EEC and Greece in the 1970s’, in Varsori, A. & Migani, G. (eds.), Europe in the International Arena during the 1970s: Entering a different world (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2011), 355-374

Journal Articles

‘A strategy for Greece: Democratisation and European Integration, 1974-1975’, Cahiers de laMéditerranée , 90 (June 2015), 11-25

‘Managing the ‘Helsinki Spirit’ in the Balkans: Greece’s Initiative for Balkan Cooperation, 1975-1976’, Diplomacy & Statecraft, 24:4 (2013), 5987-618



Lecturer - Paths from Antiquity to Modernity, HST112

Lecturer - The Making of the Twentieth Century, HST117

Module Leader - From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968, HST287

Lecturer - Worlds of Consumption, HST3305

Module Leader: Ending the Cold War in Europe, 1979-1991

Module Leader - Cold War Histories, HST6062

Theme Leader- THINK CREATE

Public Engagement

Public Engagement

I am involved in a project on Southern Europe and the Cold War at LSE IDEAS. I co-edited a report on A strategy for Southern Europe and have contributed to History Matters blog.

In The Media

I have provided expert comment to Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and talked about Greece and Europe to BBC radio 5, BBC Sheffield and Monocle.

Contributing to Kathimerini on historical issues pertaining to Greece, the Balkans and the EU.

I wrote a piece for Royal Historical Society: Greece’s European Identity in Crisis?

Please find two talks on Greece and Europe at London School of Economics and Political Science:

Greece and EEC membership: Was it a mistake?, Oxford University:

Administrative Duties

Administrative Duties

Level 2 Tutor

Member of Postgraduate Committee

Theme Leader, THINK CREATE