Historian Mark Mazower to Lecture on the Rise of Political Extremes During Crisis

12 February 2013

"A New Age of Extremes? Historical Reflections on the Politics of the Present Crisis"

Columbia University historian Mark Mazower, one of the world's leading experts on modern Greece, will examine the development of political extremism in an age of acute economic and social crisis in Greece and elsewhere, during the 18th Annual Kimon Friar Lecture that will take place at DEREE – The American College of Greece (6 Gravias Street, AghiaParaskevi) on February 12, 2013 at 7 p.m.

["A New Age of Extremes? Historical Reflections on the Politics of the Present Crisis," a lecture by Mark Mazower. Attendance is free. Reservations are recommended at: . Parking will be available on a first come, first serve basis on the campus of The American College of Greece (6 Gravias Street, AghiaParaskevi). A reception will follow]

Alluding to the late Eric Hobsbawm's study of the 20th century, The Age of Extremes, the lecture will ask whether we are living today in a new era of political extremism. It explores how the extreme right today, notably in Greece, compares with what historians tell us of interwar European fascism, and asks, too, what is the relationship between the revolutionary left of the past and today. Where should we look for causes of these phenomena in contemporary society and how far are those causes identical with the causes of the Age of Extremes that Hobsbawm wrote about? Is the notion of an Age of Extremes helpful or not for understanding what is going on today?

Mark Mazower is the Ira D.Wallach professor of history at Columbia University where he also directs the Heyman Center for the Humanities. He has written numerous books on the history of modern Greece and Europe, including Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950 (2004), Hitler's Europe (2008) and most recently, Governing the World: the History of an idea (2012). He comments on current affairs for the Financial Times, The Guardian and other newspapers and his reviews have appeared in such journals as The Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and The Nation.

The Kimon Friar Lecture Series is named in memory of the Greek-American poet and translator Kimon Friar, who introduced the works of Nikos Kazantzakis, Odysseas Elytis, Yannis Ritsos and other important Greek literary figures to the English-speaking world. Friar, who passed away in 1993, bequeathed a large part of his archive to The American College of Greece. Another part is held at Princeton University.

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