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Historiography (16th-20th c.)

As a subject, the History of Historiography has been little promoted in the field of neo-Hellenic studies despite instigations for the need for its cultivation, together with certain initial philological contributions to its charting. When the programme was instituted in 1995, it was staffed solely by the one person in charge, partially occupied. It had as objective to foresee the creation of a dynamic that would mobilize and coordinate the existing and emerging of research in the cultivation of the internationally subject. For the period from 2004 to 2010 only, the programme acquired a scholar / scientist-collaborator of the degree of Researcher D, who in 2008 was promoted to Researcher C albeit also elected to Lecturer at the University of Crete, whereupon he left in 2010, maintaining a loose and informal connection to the programme by decision of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, in the capacity of Guest Researcher.



The initial objective of the programme was to register the works of neo-Hellenic Chronography and Historiography in printed, secondarily in manuscript, form, from the sixteenth century until 1900, concurrently researching queries and sections arising from the periodology of the subject: 1. The transition from manuscript chronography to printed volumes (mid-seventeenth century) and the modernization (of the second half of the eighteenth century). 2. The emergence of Hellenism’s historical consciousness and the transition from sacred to world-wide secular chronography in the years of the Enlightenment (1750-1832). 3. The course of the formation of an ethnic consciousness in the mid-nineteenth century, which was also founded upon the perception of unity and the continuity of Greek history, with the additional assistance of the theoretical presuppositions arising from political Romanticism, historicism and nationalism. 4. The study of Marxist historiography and comprehension of the sections it contributed to the study of the history of neo-Hellenism. 5. The composition of academic historiography and the teaching and popularization thereof. 6. Peripheral historiography with the example of Ionian Islands’ historiography and, as sample, the regional history of Lefkada.
Beyond participation in conferences, symposia and meetings with Papers on subjects of the history of historiography and publication of partial studies and books, from 2005 to 2009 the programme organized a post-graduate seminar for students at the Panteion University’s Department of Political Science and History and Athens University’s Department of History and Archaeology, entitled ‘History of neo-Hellenic Historiography (18th – 20th c).’ In 2002, the organization of the Fourth International Conference on History by the NHRF’s Institute of neo-Hellenic Research, on the subject of ‘The Historiography of contemporary Greece of recent times (1833-2002)’ was considered a success for the programme, the Proceedings of which, containing 70 Papers, were published in two volumes in 2004, as successful was also the organization of the thematic unity. Historiography and philology of the Ionian Islands, 16th-20th c., with seven Papers, at the VIIth International Panionian Conference, Lefkada 2002, the Proceedings of which circulated in 2004, as well as of the Conference Lefkada and it’s historians, 19th-20th c.) in 2008, whose Proceedings were published in 2009.
The registration by the person in charge of the programme for printed works of neo-Hellenic chronography and historiography (16th c. – 1900, registrations in 2000) was organized in a database, to be posted on the Web at the beginning of 2014, whose data will support the programme’s participation in the NHRF’s Institute of Historical Research’s ΚΡΗΠΙΣ programme.



Triantafyllos Sklavenitis, Research Director, Programme director
Ioannis Koubourlis, Research Collaborator



  • “Bibliologika A, 1. For editions of the Chronographos, a. Pseudodorotheos; b. Kigalas. 2. For the printing house of Theodosiou; a. a newly recovered catalogue of 1802; b. the ‘second’ edition of the ‘Konstantinias’ and the closure of the printing house of Theodosiou, 1820. 3. Establishment of the ‘Philological Board’ and scheduling the publication of the ‘System of the Greek Merchants in Constantinople’ 1817. 4. Enclosure to the Proclamation of P. Ioannidis for his book, 1826. 5. Book under alias by Nikolaos Spiliadis, 1837”, Mnimon 8 (1980-82) 337-369.
  • “La Révolution Française dans les textes de l’historiographie néohellénique (1798-1832)”, Actes du IIIe Collogue d’Histoire CNR/FNRS 14-17 octobre 1987, La Révolution Française et l’Hellénisme moderne, Athens 1989, pp. 431-439.
  • “History and philology: their assessment in Epitheorisi Technis”, Academic Conference on the journal “Epitheorisi Technis”: a critical twelve-year period, 29 and 30 March 1996, Athens, Neohellenic Civilization and General Education Society, Athens 1997, pp. 210-241.
  • “Local history and Panos G. Rontoyannis (1911-1996). Nikos G. Svoronos (1911-1989) and his heritage”, Society for Lefkadian Studies, Proceedings of the 5th Conference. Landmarks in the history of Lefkada in the 20th century, Municipality of Lefkada Cultural Centre, Lefkada 3-5 August 2000, Athens 2001, pp. 163-173.
  • “Historiography and Literature of the Ionian Islands, 16th-20th centuries”, Society for Lefkadian Studies, 7th Panionian Conference, Lefkada, 26-30  May 2002, Proceedings, vol. I, Part One: Matters of Cultural History, Athens 2004, pp. 79-89 and vol. II, pp. 645-646.
  • “The National Pantheon of biographies and portraits (1828-1876)”, 4th International History Conference, Historiography of early modern and modern Greece 1833-2002, Proceedings, vol. I, Athens, INR/NHRF, 2004, pp. 171-193
  • “History and Local History at the Arts & Literature Festival”, Society for Lefkadian Studies Proceedings of the 10th Conference, 50 years of the Arts & Literature Festival, Municipality of Lefkada Cultural Centre, Arts & Literature Festival, Lefkada 11-13 August 2005, Athens 2006, pp. 67-79.
  • “Ioannis N. Stamatelos. 1822-1881. The scholar and teacher: library manuscripts and publications”, Society for Lefkadian Studies, Proceedings of the 11th Conference, Poetry: George Seferis, History-Literature: Ioannis N. Stamatelos (1822-1881), Nikolaos I. Stamatelos (1861-after 1901), Vasilios I. Stamatelos (1869-1945), Environment and Economy: The development of Lefkada, Municipality of Lefkada Cultural Centre, Arts & Literature Festival, Lefkada 17-19 August 2006, Athens 2007, pp. 63-142.
  • (co-author with Speros Asdrachas), “Lefkada and its historians: a general sketch”, Proceedings from the Conference “Lefkada and its Historians, 19th - 20th centuries”, Lefkada Municipality Cultural Centre, Arts & Literature Festival, Lefkada 5-7 August 2008, Triantafyllos Sklavenitis (ed.), Athens 2009, pp. 15-46.
  • “The Lefkadian historians of the proceedings of the 14th Symposium”, Proceedings of the 14th Symposium, The obscure of Lefkadian history, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Lefkada, Arts & Literature Festival, Lefkada 3-5 August 2009, Society for Lefkadian Studies, Athens 2010, pp. 25-44.
  • “The ethnic ideology and the Greek-speaking Ionian Islands”. Proceedings of the 9th Panionian Congress, Paxi, 26-30 May 2010, vol. II, Athens Society for Paxos Studies, 2012, pp. 345-366.
  • “Konstantios of Sinai”, “Kyprias hariessa kai epitomos 1810, 1819”, Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Cyprus, vol. III, Nicosia 1987, pp. 383-390.
  • Ιoannis Koubourlis: La formation de l’histoire nationale grecque. L’apport de Spyridon Zambélios (1815-1881), IRN/FNRS No. 87, Athènes 2005, 381 pp.
  • Ιoannis Koubourlis, Οι ιστοριογραφικές οφειλές των Σπ. Ζαμπέλιου και Κ. Παπαρρηγόπουλου. Η συμβολή Ελλήνων και ξένων στη διαμόρφωση του τρίσημου σχήματος του ελληνικού ιστορισμού (The historiographical debts of Sp. Zambelios and K. Paparrigopoulos. The contribution of Greeks and foreigners to the tripartite formof Greek historicism) (1782-1846), IHR/NHRS, Section for neo-Hellenic Research 128, Αthens 2012, 599 pp.



  • In the organization of the Conferences and Symposia in Lefkada and publication of Proceedings, the person responsible for the programme cooperated with Lefkada Municipality’s Cultural Centre and the Society for Lefkadian Studies, who also discharged the expenses.
  • In the organization of the post-graduate seminar the programme cooperated with Mr. Dr Dimitris Arvanitakis in charge of the Benaki Museum’s publications, who taught Ionian Island historiography, and with Mr. Dr. Vaggelis Karamanolakis who taught academic history 1880-1940. In his capacity as researcher of the Historical Archive of Greek Youth as a guest researcher at the NHRF, the same revised his doctoral thesis, in cooperation with T. E. Sklavenitis – responsible for the Historical Archive of Greek Youth and for the programme – which was published by the Historical Archive of Greek Youth: Vaggelis Karamanolakis, Η συγκρότηση της ιστορικής επιστήμης και η διδασκαλία της ιστορίας στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών (Formation of Historical Science and History Teaching at the University of Athens) (1837-1932), HAGY No. 42, NHRF, Athens 2006, 551 pp.



Ergography of neo-Hellenic chronography and historiography (16c.-1900). Database-titles of 2000 printed works of historiography. To be posted on the Web at the beginning of 2014.


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