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Dr Paris Chronakis

Dr Paris Chronakis

Dr Paris Chronakis - Lecturer in Modern Greek History

I am a social and cultural historian of Modern Greece, Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean working on Christian, Jewish and Muslim relations. I teach BA and MA modules on the imperial and post-imperial Mediterranean, global refugees and minorities in Eastern Europe.

My work explores questions of transition from empire to nation-state bringing together the interrelated histories of Jewish, Muslim and Christian urban middle classes from the late Ottoman Empire to the Holocaust. I have researched and published on post-imperial urban identities, Balkan War refugees, Zionism and anti-Zionism in interwar Europe, the Holocaust of Sephardi Jewry and digital Holocaust Studies.

At Royal Holloway, I teach undergraduate modules on the making of the global refugee and on empires, minorities and democracy in Eastern- and Southeastern Europe. My MA module explores the connected histories of diasporas, refugees and minorities in twentieth-century Europe and the Mediterranean. I aim to equip students with thinking and writing skills fit for the digital age as well as cultivate their social skills and emotional intelligence by developing their empathy.

I am most attached to a digital project I co-led, the Database of Greek-Jewish Holocaust Survivors’ Testimonies. The database collects for the first time data from over 1,000 audio-visual testimonies of Greek Jewish Holocaust survivors and is as much an online memorial as it is a virtual archive offered to the academic community and every interested citizen.

I am currently completing The business of Transition, a monograph detailing the passage of multi-ethnic business elites from the Ottoman Empire to the successor nation-states by weaving together the cross-cutting trajectories of Sephardic Jewish, Greek Orthodox and Muslim entrepreneurs.

I have also been working on a second book-length project, The World War before the First World War. This project recasts the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913 as a pivotal moment in the histories of forced migration, transnational civil society and global humanitarianism. Rather than a foretaste of World War One, the project argues, the Balkan Wars constituted a watershed in pan-European civil engagement and the emergence of a global civil society.

Finally, together with Professor Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA), I have just started research on Jewish cemeteries and their post-war fate tracing the ‘recycling’ of removed Jewish tombstones all over the Greek city of Thessaloniki during and after the Holocaust.

More information about my research is available via PURE

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Modern Greek History

Sephardi Jewish History

Modern Mediterranean History

interethnic relations

urban history

Digital Holocaust Studies

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