Lidia Santarelli (Ph.D., European University Institute, Florence, Italy)

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Lidia Santarelli received her Ph.D. in History from the European University Institute (Fiesole, Italy). She specializes in modern European history and Mediterranean Studies. Her research work focuses on Italian fascism and imperialism, and its impact in the Hellenic and Mediterranean world, including North Africa, that once belonged to the Ottoman empire. As a historian, her main concern has long been with the entangled histories of modern Italy and Greece. She has been the recipient of postdoctoral research fellowships at Princeton University, Columbia, Harvard, and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (Washington, D.C.). She has taught extensively in her fields of interest as a Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University and Brown University. Her publications include essays and book chapters focusing, among other themes, on WWII, the Shoah, memory and silence of war crimes, modernism and empire, women and anti-fascist resistance, the Greek Civil war, and contemporary Mediterranean migrations. She is currently completing her book manuscript on the Italian occupation of Greece during WWII. As a scholar, she also engages with theories of the archive and human rights. She presently serves as Modern Greek Specialist, Hellenic Studies historical collections, at Princeton University.


In Spring 2020, Dr. Santarelli will be teaching “History of Modern Greece” (01:489:382:01, cross-listed with 01:510:382:01 & 01:685:382:01).  A three (3) credit course, it will be taught Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:10-7:30 PM, on CA-A5 College Avenue Campus.

The history of modern Greece unfolds at the crossroad of Europe with the Mediterranean world, Africa, and the Middle East. Between 1821 and 1922, Greece turned from an Ottoman land into a nation state. War, revolution, class and ethnic conflicts contributed to shaping different and, often, contrasting ideas of the Greek national identity, its rapport to Byzantium and classical antiquity, and its entanglements with notions of modernity, empire, and European civilization. The trauma of two World Wars, fascism, and the Holocaust, as well as of the 1940s Greek Civil War, reshaped the social and ethnic fabric of twentieth-century Greece. A testing ground for the emerging politics of the Cold War, postwar Greece experienced a twisted road to democracy, one that in recent years has been challenged by the impact of the global financial crisis. This course will explore the making of modern Greece in relation to broader histories of nationalism, colonialism, and capitalism, and discuss why the case of Greece matters in transnational historical debates focusing on human rights, borderlands, and memory of the violent past.