Antonis Liakos

© Antonis Liakos In Athens on 24 February, 2013
Antonis Liakos discusses the theme: Utopia and Renewal
Antonis Liakos,
Historian

“First of all, we ought to define what we mean by concepts such as modernisation and reform. The usual meaning is adaptation to the paradigm shift (neo-liberal economics, new public management, globalisation of finance and banking, overthrow of the relationship between the state and markets). Understood in this sense, you will note that in France as well, and even in the USA, modernisation and reform are under discussion. In the last two decades, these – constantly changing – reforms have been to a great extent imposed on the majority of states, or on all of them. The central question of the contemporary crisis is therefore the following: Is the crisis the result of incomplete implementation of these reforms or of these very reforms themselves?”
Antonis Liakos in an interview with Lettre International.

Biography:
Antonis Liakos (Athens 1947), historian, professor at the University of Athens since 1990, managing editor of the historical review Historein and chair of the board of the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography. Visiting scholar at Princeton, New York University, Ecole Normale Superieure, European University Institute, University of Sydney and Peking University. Books and articles on the history of nationalism, social history, and history of historiography. He contributes to the Greek dailies and he is member of the Initiative for the Defence of Society and Democracy in Athens. A long interview on the Greek crisis and its context (in German), published in Lettre International, 95 (2011) 19-24

Related publications:
Apocalypse, Utopia and History, (Athens 2011),

How the Past Turns to History? (Athens 2007),

The nation and how it has been imagined by those preaching the change of the world, (Athens 2005)

Labour and Politics in the Interwar Greece (Athens 1993)