Scrambling for Power:
War and Political Transformation in the Balkans,1940s
Thessaloniki, May 31st – June 3rd, 2012
University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (Hall 14)
Thursday, May 31st
17.15: Opening Marantzidis Nikos (Chairman of Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia)
17.30 – 18.30: Key Note Speaker
Veremis Thanos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
18.30 – 19.00 Coffee Break
19.00 – 21.00:
Chairman: Kalyvas Stathis (Yale University)
Foreign Policy and International Relations (1)
1.      Bojinov Voin (Institute of History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Between the Understanding and the War. Bulgaria and Yugoslavia 1937-1941
2.      Chourchoulis Dionysios (Queen Mary University of London), Great Power Involvement as a Factor in Political Transformation: Soviet Interest in the Hinterland and the Coastal Areas of the Balkans, 1939-1944
3.      Klapsis Antonis (Panteion University), Resistance and Civil War in Occupied Greece: British Priorities and Strategic Dilemmas
4.      Dragomir Elena (University of Helsinki), Constructing Romania’s Pro-Soviet State Security Strategy, 1944-1947
Friday, June 1st
09.00 – 11.00:
Chairman: Marushiokova Elena (Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Studies and Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Civil wars and the communist takeover (1)
1.      Pappas Takis (University of Macedonia), Preventing Communism but Failing to Deter Civil War: Greece, April-December 1944
2.      Sfetas Spyridon (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), From Kingdom of Bulgaria to People’s Republic of Bulgaria (1944-1948): The Communist Takeover in Bulgaria, the Concept of ‘’People’s Republic’’ and  the Personality of Georgi Dimitrov in the Contemporary Bulgarian  Historiography
3.      Fuček Marko (University of Zagreb), Peoples Youth of Croatia and the Consolidation of Power: Postwar Elections and Main Opposition Parties
4.      Hatzivassiliou Evanthis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Political Transformation in Civil War Greece, 1943-49:  A Deviation from Western European Model
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.30
Chairman: Pettifer James (Oxford University)
Civil wars and the communist takeover (2)
1.      Sokolovic Dzemal (Institute for Strengthening Democracy in Bosnia), Yugoslavia and Bosnia: Countries Between Two Curtains and Two Aspirations
2.      Michailidis Iakovos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Aspects of the Civil Conflicts in the People's Republic of Macedonia (1944-1949)
3.      Strazimiri Zana (University of Tirana), Features of "Class Struggle" in Post War Albania
4.      Marantzidis Nikos (University of Macedonia), The Greek Civil War and the International Communist System
17.00 – 19.00
Chairman: Michailidis Iakovos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Minorities and ethnic groups (1)
1.      Vrabiescu Ioana (National School of Political Studies and Public Administration/Bucharest), Early Communist Roma Assimilation Politics in Romania
2.      Marushiokova Elena - Popov Vesselin (Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Studies and Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Gypsy/ Roma Organisations and State Policy towards Gypsies/Roma in Bulgaria 1945-1950
3.      Ionescu Magdalena (Universitatea “Valahia” Târgovişte), The Romanian Discourse on Hungarian Minority from Romania in the Relationships between the People's Republic of Romanian and Hungarian People's Republic 
4.      Tsoutsoumbis Spyros (University of Manchester), Ethnic Collaboration and Violence: Reappraising the Case of the Muslim Chams of Thesprotia 1940-1945
19.0019.30 Coffee Break
19.30 – 21.30
Chairman: Sokolovic Dzemal (Institute for Strengthening Democracy in Bosnia)
Minorities and ethnic groups (2)
1.      Boci Sonila (Institute of History, Center for Albanological Studies, Tirana), Efforts to Establish the Balkan Joint Staff and Greek Minority in Albania
2.      Sage Steven (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center), Ethnic Policy and the Jews in 1940s Bulgaria
3.      Mamarelis Argyris (London School of Economics) – Papadimitriou Dimitris (University of Manchester), The “Battallion of Ottomans” of DSE
4.      Tsivos Kostas (Charles University), The Slav-Macedonians Refugees in Eastern and Central Europe after the Greek Civil War
Saturday, June 2nd
09.00 – 11.00
Chairman: Hatzivassiliou Evanthis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Resistance and Collaboration
1.      Kalogrias Vaios (University of Mainz), Mihailović - Zervas: A Comparative Study of Resistance and Collaboration in Serbia and Greece (1941-1944)
2.      Bitunjac Martina (Humboldt University of Berlin), War Tactic and Propaganda of the Resistance Movement in the Independent State of Croatia
3.      Muraru Andrei (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University), Collaboration on Trial. Romanian Nationalists vs. Communists in the Post War Justice
4.      Gogas Themistoklis (Epirus Institute of Technology), Linguistic Variety and Collaboration
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.30
Chairman: Veremis Thanos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Foreign policy and International relations (2)
1.      Makris-Staikos Petros St. (lawer-author), The Post-War Greek Frontiers in the Balkans and the Foreign Office (1943-1945). An Approach
2.      Dordanas Stratos N. (University of Western Macedonia), Policy and War in the Post-War Balkans. Germany and the Greco-Yugoslavian Issue at the Beginning of the 1950s
3.      Djordjević Jovanović Jovanka (Institute for Balkan Studies of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts), The Ideological Brotherhood of Greeks and Yugoslavs (1948-1950)
4.      Ploumidis Spyros (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), The ‘New Megali Idea’ in Greece (1943-46):Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and ‘Peasantist Nationalism’
17.00 – 18.30
Chairman: Botsiou Konstantina (University of Peloponnese)
Parties and Political institutions (1)
1.      Pettifer James (Oxford University), Hoxha's Partisans after 1944 - A Guerilla Army versus a Governing Party?
2.      Kazamias Alexander (Coventry University), The ‘Papagos Solution’, 1948-1951: The Specter of Far Right Dictatorship over the Greek Civil War
3.      Kaba Hamit (Institute of History, Center for Albanological Studies, Tirana), The Fate of Albanian Monarchy at the End of World War Two
18.30 – 19.00 Coffee Break
19.00 – 20.30
Chairman: Sage Steven (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center)
Parties and Political institutions (2)
1.      Botsiou Konstantina (University of Peloponnese), A New Lease of Life: The Impact of War and Civil War on the Greek Monarchy, 1941-1949
2.      Baltsiotis Lambros (Panteion University), Expulsions and Deprivations of Citizenship during the 1940s Greece: The Reduction of the “Internal Enemy”
3.      Pupuleku Nertila (University of Tirana), The Communist Party of Albania
Sunday, June 3rd
09.00 – 11.30
Chairman: Bojinov Voin (Institute of History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Churches
1.      Tsironis Theodosis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), The Church of Greece and the National Intentions for the Operation of the Theological School of Thessaloniki (1942)
2.      Ognyanova Irina (Institute of Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Catholic Church and the Croatian Nationalism during the World War II and the First Post-war Years (1941-1953)
3.      Naxidou Eleonora (Democritus University of Thrace), Ecclesiastical Organization and National Ideology under a Communist Regime: the Case of the Peoples Republic of Macedonia (1945-1967)
4.      Skura Gentiana (University of Tirana), The Role of Religious Institutions during the Reign of King Zog and World War II
5.      Skoulidas Elias (Epirus Institute of Technology), Bishops in Exile: Orthodox Church of Albania and Greek Irredentism
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break
12.00 – 14.00 Round Table: «Greek Policies regarding the Balkans in the 1940s»
Chairman: Marantzidis Nikos (University of Macedonia)
Kondis Basil (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Hatzivassiliou Evanthis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Michailidis Iakovos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Organizers: 
Civil Wars Study Group. 
Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia
Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, Yale University

 Scientific Committee:
Iatrides John O. (Southern Connecticut State University)
Kalyvas Stathis (Yale University)
Kondis Basil (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Marantzidis Nikos (University of Macedonia)
Michailidis Iakovos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Organizing Committee:
Kalyvas Stathis
Marantzidis Nikos
Paschaloudi Eleni
Skoulidas Elias G.
Tsekou Katerina
Sponsors:
John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation
University of Macedonia
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