Prominent British historian Mark Mazower attended a ceremony awarding him Greek citizenship on Friday, during a visit to Athens to promote his new book.
The Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University in New York City was honored for “the promotion of Greece, its long history and its culture to the international general public.”
The decision was announced last September, but Mazower chose to attend the ceremony in Athens, where the Greek edition of his new book “The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe” was launched at an event at the War Museum.
He is an internationally renowned historian and writer, specializing in modern Greece, 20th century Europe and international history.
He studied classical literature and philosophy at Oxford University and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he graduated in 1981 and 1983 respectively.
He has been Professor of History at Birkbeck University in London, the University of Sussex and Princeton University. He is currently Professor of History at Columbia University in New York.
Mazower is an expert in Greek history
An expert in the study and promotion of the history of the Greek Nation, he has written and edited many books on Greek and Balkan history.
Among his rich literary activities are the books: “In Hitler’s Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44” (Inside Hitler’s Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44), “After the end of the War: Rebuilding the Family, The Nation and the State in Greece, 1943 – 1960 (After the War was Over: Reconstructing the Family, Nation and State in Greece, 1943-1960), “Greece and the economic crisis of the interwar period” (Greece and the Inter -War Economic Crisis) “Dark Continent: The 20th Century of Europe”, “The Balkans” as well as his most recent work “The Greek Revolution” which was recently presented at a special event held at the War Museum.
For his monumental book “Thessaloniki, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1943 – 1950 (Salonica City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950)” he was honored with the Duff Cooper Prize. In 2008 he published his work ” Hitler’s Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe” which won the Book Award in the “History” category of the Los Angeles Times.
He has supervised a number of doctoral dissertations and has rekindled interest in Greek studies abroad, while his opinion articles commenting on historical and current issues are regularly featured in international news media as well as in the print and online press.
Mazower has been particularly interested in the 1821 Greek war of independence against the Ottoman occupation, a fact that earned him a membership in the “Greece 2021” committee, which coordinated events celebrating the bicentennial celebration of the Greek struggle for independence.
The committee’s task was to reintroduce the country to the world by celebrating its contemporary history.