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Socrates D. Petmezas
University of Crete and Institute for Mediterranean Studies - FORTH


  • 1989: PhD in History, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
  • 1982: DEA in History, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
  • 1981: Diploma in Economics, Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece


1990-today: teaches in the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete, Greece.

Research Activities: Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece. Agricultural History. Proto-industrialisation in the Ottoman Balkans. Historical National Accounts of Modern Greece.

Participation in Research Projects: Member of the Management Comity and Core Group of the Programme de Recherches sur le Sociétés Rurales Européennes (PROGRESSORE network) COST A35. Coordinator of the Working Group 4 (State and rural societies).

Publications: Published more than 30 papers in refereed journal, collective volumes and international conference proceedings. Has published or are forthcoming 3 books and edited 4 volumes.

Conference Participation/Attendance: He participated in over than 35 and organized 4 international and national conferences.

PhD Students: Two Students have received their PhD under his supervision.

Teaching Activities: Taught in undergraduate courses and postgraduate seminars. Have been invited as Directeur d’Etudes invité in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in Paris, and as Research Fellow in the European University Institute Florence.

Selected Publications:

  • “Patterns of Proto-industrialization in the Ottoman Empire: The case of eastern Thessaly, ca.1750-1860”, Journal of European Economic History, 19/3(1990), pp.575-603.
  • “L’organisation ecclésiastique sous la domination Ottomane”, in Paolo Odorico, Mémoires de Synadinos, prêtre de Serrès en Macédoine (XVIIe siècle), Documents et Recherches sur le Monde Byzantin, Néo-hellénique et Balkanique”, Éditions de l’Association “Pierre Belon”- E.H.E.S.S), ParisAthens, 1996, pp.487-569.
  • “Christian communities in 18th and early 19th century Ottoman Greece: their fiscal functions”, Princeton Papers, Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. XI Parallels Meet: New Vistas of Religious Community and Empire in Ottoman Historiography, Molly Greene (ed.) Markus Wiener Pub., Princeton, pp.71-116. [Republished as a book entitled Minorities in the Ottoman Empire, Molly Greene, (ed.) Markus Wiener Pub., Princeton 2006. a Turkish translation is forthcoming]
  • Co-edited with Gilles Grivaud Byzantina et Moderna. Mélanges en l’honneur d’Hélène Antoniadis-Bibicou, Alexandreia Pub., Athens 2007. • Co-edited with Edhem Eldem The Economic Development of South-Eastern Europe (1830-1914), Alpha Bank Historical Archives Publications, Athens 2008 (forthcoming).
  • “Agriculture and economic growth in Greece, 1870-1973”, in Agriculture and economic growth in Europe, Pedro Lains and Vicent Pinilla-Navaro (eds.), Routledge, London (forthcoming).
  • Co-edited with Hristos Hadjiiossif Credit Activities in Eastern Mediterranean: Economic and Social Aspects, ca. 1750-1920, Crete University Press, Heraklion (forthcoming).