George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University; Member of the Governing Board, European Cultural Center of Delphi
February 27, 2020
5:00pm - 6:30pm
CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Huguette and Michel Porté Seminar Room (S250)
This talk explores the postwar German–Greek relations in the context of
European integration from the first major bilateral agreements in the
early 1950s to Greece’s entry into the European Community in 1981.
addressing this three-decade story of contested continuity, the seminar
questions conventional wisdom about Greece’s path to Europe and
challenges the way the so-called North–South divide and its moralist
connotations were advanced to explain the recent euro-crisis.
the available political science and diplomatic history scholarship has
argued that the Greek entry into the European Community was the combined
result of domestic political and international security factors in the
1970s, despite poor economic performance.
By contrast, this talk, highlighting Germany’s role in the shaping of
the Greek development paradigm and focusing on the German–Greek business
networks, demonstrates that Greece’s EC-membership had a long
prehistory in the modernization strategies both countries embarked upon
as early as the 1950s.