Description: In this presentation Professor Kostas Kostis will discuss his book Τα Κακομαθημένα Παιδιά της Ιστορίας (The Spoiled Children of History) and more particularly his way of understanding the formation of the Greek state following a realist approach. The essential factor in understanding the process of state formation in Greece is the geopolitical dynamics which obliged political elites to react in the challenges of the environment.
Biographical Information: Kostas Kostis was born in Athens in 1957. He studied economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Athens and then economic history at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (Paris), where he defended his Ph.D. thesis in 1985. Since 2004 he is professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Athens and director of the Economic History Division. From 2006 until 2009 he occupied the Chair of Modern and Contemporary Greek Studies at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris. Among his recent publications : « Les enfants gates de l’histoire ». A history of the Greek state formation, 18th-21th centuries, Polis publ., in greek, “La paix introuvable: le cas grec”, St.Audouin – Rouzeau et Chr. Prochasson, Sortir de la Grande Guerre. Le monde et l’après 1918, Tallandier, Paris 2008, « The formation of the state in Greece, 1830-1914 », in F.Birtek and Th. Dragonas (eds), Citizenship and the Nation – State in Greece and Turkey, Routledge, Oxon 2005, History of the National Bank of Greece, 1914-1940, Athens 2004 (in Greek)