Modern Greek Culture Lecture Series

Modern Greek Culture Lecture 

2018-2019 Modern Greek Culture Lecture

Thomas Gallant

Professor at the University of California at San Diego

"Greece's Two Fins-de-Siècles"

Friday, October 26, 2018

Greece is in a state of crisis and has been for the last nine to ten years. When and in what shape it will emerge from its current difficulties are open questions. This is not, however, the first turn of the century that has proved problematic for Greece. Indeed, there are remarkable similarities between what the country experienced during the 1890s and 1900s and the 1990s and 2000s. This lecture compares and contrasts the key developments during those two critically important periods, not to draw easy or simple parallels between them but to use them to explore some recurring patterns as we approach the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of the country.


Previous Modern Greek Culture Lecturers:

  • 2017/2018: Geoffrey Horrocks, "Greek - Necessary Myths and Wilful Oversights"

  • 2016/2017: Constanze Guthenke, “The Last Arcadians: Classical Scholars in Greece”

  • 2014/2015: Paul Cartledge, “A Tarnished Dawn: Ancient Sparta’s Perception Today and Tomorrow

  • 2013/2014: Michael Herzfeld, "Crisis or Judgment: Exasperation and Obligation in Greece Today"

  • 2012/2013: Stathis Gourgouris, “Cavafy’s Debt”

  • 2011/2012: Mark Mazower,  “Alfred Zimmern, Ancient Greece, and the Idea of International Relations”