Dr Eirini Karamouzi
MSc, PhD, (London School of Economics)
Senior 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 integration; peace movements.
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On Leave 2019-20
Eirini joined the History department at the University of Sheffield in September 2014. She holds an MSc on European Politics and Governance and a PhD in International History, both from LSE. She has 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, Eirini was a 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. She is an expert in history of European integration, Cold War, political and social history of Modern Greece, Balkans and peace movements. She has 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.
Eirini is 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.
Eirini 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.
Eirini 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.
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’ .With Prof Ziemann, we are editing a special issue for Journal of Contemporary History that offers a comparative historical study of the forging of the civil society in the post-transition democracies of Southern Europe. 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 release 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)
Co-Supervisor: Carla Carla Gutierrez Ramos, Labour and Nation. Welfare, Sub-State Nationalism and Labour Unionism in Galicia and Scotland.
(translated also in Greek: Τα Βαλκάνια στον Ψυχρό Πόλεμο (Athens, 2019)
Balkans in the Cold War (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), eds. with Svetozar Rajak, Konstantina Botsiou, Evanthis Hatzivassiliou.
Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979. The Second Enlargement (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
Fighting for Peace: Greece-Italy-Spain in the 1980s (Athens, 2018)
Peace Movements and Democratic Culture in Southern Europe during the 1970s and 1980s, Journal of Contemporary History (with Benjamin Ziemann and Martin Baumesteir) (under review)
‘Taking a Stance: The European Community and the Greek junta’, in Klapsis, Antonis et al (eds.), Revisiting the Greek Colonels: A Case Study of Southern European Dictatorships- the International Dimension (Routledge, 2020).
‘At last, our voice is heard in the world’. Andreas Papandreou, Greece and the Six Nation Initiative during the Euromissile crisis’, in Crump, Laurien and Erlandsson, Susanna (eds.), Margins for Manoeuvre in Cold War Europe: The influence of Smaller Powers (Routledge, 2019), 224-240.
‘Enlargement as External Policy’, in Krotz, U, Patel, K., Romero, F (eds.), Europe’s Cold War Relations. The EC towards a Global Rule (Bloomsbury, 2019)
‘Enlargement and the EC’s evolving democratic identity, 1962-1978’, in Ikonomou, Haakon A., Andry, Aurélie and Byberg, Rebekka (eds.), European Enlargement across Rounds and beyond Borders (London: Routledge, 2017), 143-165.
“The only game in town? EEC, Southern Europe and the Greek crisis of the 1970s’, in Rajak, S., Karamouzi, E., Botsiou, K. & Hatzivassiliou, E (eds.), Balkans in the Cold War (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), 221-239.
‘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.
‘Enlargement and Identity Formation: A Reciprocal Relationship’ in Beers, M. & Raflic, J. (eds.): National Cultures and Common Identity (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2010), 255-266.
‘‘Peacemaker or Troublemaker? Andreas Papandreou, the Euromissile crisis and the policy of peace, 1981-1986’, Cold War History 19:1 (2019), 39-61 (co-author Dionysios Chourchoulis)
‘Enlargement and the Historical Origins of the European Community’s Democratic Identity, 1961–1978’, Contemporary European History 25:3 (August 2016), 439-458 (co-author Emma de Angelis)
‘A Strategy for Greece: Democratisation and European Integration, 1974-1975’,Cahiers de la Méditerranée 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), 597-618
‘What is interesting about the Cold War’, in Reinisch, Jessica and Brydan, David (eds.), Exploring and Teaching Twentieth-Century History (Historical Association, 2019)
‘Alas, Poor Europe’, History & Policy policy paper, 26 March 2017 (with Luc-Andre Brunet)
‘The Greek paradox’, in Brunet, L. (ed.), The Crisis of EU Enlargement, LSE IDEAS Special Report, 23 November 2013
A Strategy for Southern Europe (co-edited with Effie Pedaliu & Emma de Angelis), LSE IDEAS Special Report, 14 October 2013
‘How to change the Debate on Global Europe?’ Dahrendorf Working Paper, February 2011
‘Can Greece meet the Challenge?’ IDEAS Today, vol. 4, July 2010
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.
And here is a tour of the exhibition.
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:
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