History of the Greek Economic Catastrophe: A Case of Poverty, Neglect, Mismanagement, and Lost Opportunities

Course InstructorDr. John Mazis is Professor of European History and Chair of the History Department of Hamline University.  A native of Greece, he earned a Ph.D. in Russian history from the University of Minnesota.  He has published a number of articles on Russian and Modern Greek History.

Course Information:  Wednesdays, April 3-May 8, 2013, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Terrence Murphy Hall, Room 260 (Thornton Auditorium), UST Minneapolis Campus

Course Description:  The recent economic crisis in Greece, while unprecedented in scope, was neither the first nor totally unexpected.  In this series of lectures we’ll see how Greece was in precarious financial condition from the time of its independence and what external and internal causes are responsible for today’s developments.

Registration fee for the series:  $80.00 per person

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Detailed Course Syllabus (subject to change):

April 3

A Bad Beginning

The Modern Greek state came to life with few natural resources, demoralized people and with a huge external debt.

April 10

Can't Make a Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear

Greece's lack of natural resources coupled with its economic and political evolution caused a high debt and a bloated state apparatus.

April 17

Wars are Expensive

Attempts at modernization are hampered by internal resistance and costly wars.

April 24

From War to War

The Asia Minor Disaster and the refugee problem, the hardship of WWII and the Civil War contribute to Greece's social and economic problems.

May 1

From Fake Capitalism to Fake Socialism

The Greek state as a corrupt patron and special interests as the costly client. 

May 8

Is this the End of Greece?  Is this the End of Europe?

Facing a financial, social and political crisis, and no easy solutions in sight.