Dr Eirini Karamouzi

MSc, PhD, (London School of Economics)

Department of History

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History

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Dr Eirini Karamouzi
Department of History
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

I joined the History department at the University of Sheffield in September 2014. I hold an MSc in European Politics and Governance and a PhD in International History, both from LSE.

I have also held a A.G. Leventis Fellowship at SEESOX, St Anthony's College, Oxford (2014-15), a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence (2013-14) and a Pinto Postdoctoral fellowship at LSE IDEAS (2011-12).

Before moving to Sheffield, I was a Lecturer of European Studies and History at Yale University.

My 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.

I am an expert in the history of European integration, Cold War, political and social history of Modern Greece, Balkans and peace movements.

I have written on issues of Balkan cooperation, EU identity and democratisation, as well as Greece’s foreign policy, civil society, anti-americanism and the development of detente.

I am currently (2019-2021) a Visiting Professor of History at the University of Tampere, Finland acting as co-I for a project at the Academy of Finland (480,000 euros) on ‘Foreign Policy in Alliance or in Non-Alignment?

History of the Post-War World Order Through the Eyes of European Non-Hegemonic Powers’.

I am also a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, co-directing a project on Peace and Security that looks at global grassroots activism for peace during the Cold War.

I was Principal Investigator of the two-year project (2016-2018), 'Protest as democratic practice: peace movements in southern Europe, 1975-1990' (Max Batley Fellowship Awards scheme) with Prof Ziemann and Prof Grasso (Politics). Dr Giulia Quaggio was the Postdoctoral fellow of the project.

I was a member of the EU-funded consortium on the Official History of the European Commission, 1986-2000(HISTCOM3) and the online resources and book (open access) were published in 2019.

The volume is based largely on hitherto unpublished sources and draws upon the personal testimony of numerous former Commissioners and officials.

Research interests

My main research interests lie in the Cold War, European Integration and Modern Greece.My monograph Greece, the EEC, and the Cold War, 1974- 1979 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) 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. Drawing on British, French, Irish, American, EEC and Greek archives, the monograph constitutes the first multi-archival study on the second enlargement of the EEC. Thanks to its novel Community-centred approach, my work reveals the ideational and geopolitical rationale behind the Nine’s acceptance of the Greek application and details the dynamics of the accession negotiation in the evolving crisis in the whole of Southern Europe.

The book has received extremely positive reviews as an important piece of international history and the Financial Times endorsed its contemporary relevance, as ‘a scholarly and readable history of how Greece joined the EU, providing a fascinating and valuable context of today’.

I am currently working on a number of projects, one of which is on Protest Movements and Democracy in Southern Europe, 1975-1987’. This project aims to conduct empirical research on anti-nuclear and anti-military peace protests in Greece, Spain and Italy during the late 1970s and 1980s. The anti-nuclear protests activated civil society, renegotiated the parameters of political participation and redefined the understanding of international and domestic security.

I have co-edited a volume on the Balkans in the Cold War 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.

I am now finishing up a co-authored monograph on Greece’s multidimensional foreign policy in the 1980s based on newly released archives from the Andreas Papandreou Foundation, and a combination of French, British, American and EU documents. I am also working on issue of anti-Americanism past and present with Dr Lamprini Rori (University of Exeter).



Edited books

Journal articles


Book reviews

Conference proceedings papers

  • Karamouzi E () At last, our voice is heard in the world’: Greece and the Six Nation Initiative during the Euromissile Crisis. Margins for Manoeuvre The Influence of Smaller Powers on the Cold War Era View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Karamouzi E () Taking a stance: The European Community and the Greek junta Eirini Karamouzi. The Greek Junta and the International System A Case Study of Southern European Dictatorships, 1967-74. London RIS download Bibtex download


  • Karamouzi E (2018) Fighting for Peace: Greece, Italy and Spain in the 1980s. Fighting for Peace: Greece, Italy and Spain in the 1980s. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
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Teaching activities


  • HST112 - Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
  • HST117 - The Making of the Twentieth Century
  • HST287 - From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968
  • HST3144/45 - Ending the Cold War in Europe 1973-1991


  • HST6062 - Cold War Histories
Professional activities

Previous administrative roles:

  • Deputy Director of Research
  • Level 2 Tutor
  • Member of Postgraduate Committee
  • Theme Leader, ThinkCreate
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.

Along with Dr Sarah Miller-Davenport and colleagues from the English department we ran the Cultures of the Cold War network. Each year we host a distinguished visiting speaker series: Rethinking the Cold War in cooperation with LSE IDEAS.

This exciting new initiative is a collaboration between the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS and the Cold War Cultures network at the University of Sheffield, two leading centres in the UK for the study of the Cold War. This lecture series will bring prominent academics to present their latest research on the Cold War at both universities. Drawing on a range of approaches, including political, social, cultural, and social aspects of the Cold War, this initiative aims to deepen our understanding of the Cold War and to foster fruitful intellectual exchange both within the UK and internationally.

In November 2019, I curated an exhibition ‘Fighting for Peace: Greece-Spain-Italy’ at the Hellenic Parliament Foundation that ran for a year. It was accompanied by the publication of a bilingual catalogue, a series of educational programs for schools with more than 3000 students attending, and a series of events with universities across the country.

The exhibition was inaugurated with the President of the Hellenic Parliament.

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 the Royal Historical Society: Greece's European Identity in Crisis?

Dr Eirini Karamouzi discusses this issue and her book, ‘Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979. The Second Enlargement’.
A Three Question Interview with Eirini Karamouzi
Greece and EEC membership: Was it a mistake?