Greek Maritime History

From the Periphery to the Centre


This volume presents Greek Maritime History and unravels the historical trajectory of a maritime nation par excellence in the Eastern Mediterranean. At the core of the book lies the rise of the Greek merchant fleet and its transformation from a peripheral to an international carrier. Following the evolution of Greek shipping for more than three centuries (17th-20th century), the book traces a maritime nation in its making and provides proof of a different, yet successful pattern of maritime development compared to other European maritime nations. The chapters adopt a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach – spanning from shipping, fishing and trade to piracy, technology, human resources and entrepreneurship – and reflect the main directions of Greek maritime historiography over the last thirty years.

Contributors are: Apostolos Delis, Dimitris Dimitropoulos, Zisis Fotakis, Katerina Galani, Gelina Harlaftis, Evdokia Olympitou, Gerassimos D. Pagratis, Alexandra Papadopoulou, Socrates Petmezas, Evrydiki Sifneos, Anna Sydorenko, Ioannis Theotokas, and Katerina Vourkatioti.

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Katerina Galani, Ph.D. (2011), Oxford University, is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies and teaches Economic and Social History at the Hellenic Open University. Her publications include British Shipping in the Mediterranean During the Napoleonic Wars (Brill, 2017). Her recent work involves the formation of the port-city of Piraeus during the industrialization and the naval and merchant fleet during the Greek War of Independence (1821-1831).

Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ph.D. (2011), Ionian University, is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies. She published “Foreign merchant business and the integration of the Black and Azov Seas of the Russian Empire into the First Global Economy” (Business History, 2012). Her research interests are related to the evolution of Greek maritime communities during the 18th and 19th centuries and the role of maritime business in globalization in the Black Sea economy of the 19th century.
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1 Introduction: Re-Conceptualising Greek Maritime History
Katerina Galani and Alexandra Papadopoulou

2 Greek Maritime History: Navigating Greek Historiography in Domestic and International Waters
Gelina Harlaftis

3 From Venetian to Ionian Protectionism: Research in the Early Modern Maritime History of the Greeks Subjects of Venice
Gerassimos D. Pagratis

4 Caught Between Empires: Agency, Neutrality and a Middleman Minority
Katerina Galani

5 Piracy in the Aegean: Aspects and Contradictions of Stereotypes
Dimitris Dimitropoulos

6 The Black Sea in the Global Economy of the Nineteenth Century: Introducing the Black Sea Historical Statistics, 1812–1914
Alexandra Papadopoulou and Socrates Petmezas

7 The Creation of the Main Export Port of Crimea: Port Policy, Traffic, Infrastructure in the Port of Theodosia, 1895–1913
Anna Sydorenko

8 Beyond the Mediterranean: Greek Family Business and the Familiarity of the Black and Azov Seas Maritime Space
Evrydiki Sifneos

9 The Advent of Steam Navigation in Greece in the Nineteenth Century
Apostolos Delis

10 The Introduction of Maritime Technology in Greek Fisheries: Diving Suites in Sponge Fishing in the Aegean
Evdokia Olympitou

11 Business Groups’ Diversification Strategy: The Case of Ralli Bros Diversifying in Shipping
Katerina Vourkatioti

12 Greek Shipping in the Twentieth Century: The Human Resources
Ioannis Theotokas

13 The Development of Naval History in Greece, 1989–2020
Zisis Fotakis

Epilogue: Greek Maritime History or Maritime History of the Greeks?
Katerina Galani and Alexandra Papadopoulou

Academics, students, and also non- specialist readers in the history of the Mediterranean and the Greek and European economic and maritime history of the early modern and modern period till the 20th century.
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