Panagiotis Delis on the Limits of Nationalism

January 26, 2018

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is pleased to present a talk by Centre member and PhD student, Panagiotis Delis, entitled "The Limits in the Study of Nationalism: Τhe Case of the Balkan Wars, 1912-13." 

This public talk is presented as part of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies Spring Seminar Series, which features exciting, new research in Hellenic Studies from disciplines such as Archaeology, Classics, Literature, and Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek History.

Date: January 26, 2018
Time: 2:30pm
Campus: SFU Burnaby
Room: Academic Quadrangle 6204

This event is free, but seating is limited, please RSVP to


Analyzing violence in the Balkans has been a very challenging task for scholars. Nationalist historiographies in the past placed in the center of their problematic the formation of the nation-state. Undoubtedly, these kinds of studies have managed to shed light to a lot of significant themes on the history of the peninsula such as the development of the irredentist programs of the Balkan states and the perceptions of contemporary intellectuals on national integration. 

However, this approach inevitably left in the margin non state actors and the different dynamics that were generated from bellow, while at the same time it limited the scope of analysis by focusing explicitly on the actions of one nation and not its interactions in a wider regional framework. Thus, the aim of this presentation is to briefly outline the main benefits and drawbacks of this historical interpretation by using the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 as a case study.