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  • 06:06 04 Jul 2009

Richard Clogg

Richard Clogg

Richard Clogg is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, he previously taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and London, where latterly he was Professor of Modern Balkan History.

He has written widely on Greek history and politics. His publications include 'A Concise History of Greece', published by Cambridge University Press. This has been translated into a dozen languages, including Chinese and Japanese and all the languages of South-East Europe.  He is currently working on an academic memoir and on a history of the Special Operations Executive in Greece.

Speaking about the Confrerence and Greek-British relations, Professor Clogg said:

'Britain and Greece stand at the opposite poles of Europe. Both peoples have been profoundly influenced by the sea, [and, indeed, in Pytheas of Marseilles in the 4th century BC and in Captain James Cook in the 18th century, they have produced two of the world's greatest mariners]. In terms of geography, climate, history, religion and language they have little else in common. Yet the tides of history and the fortunes of war have resulted in their fates becoming mutually entwined to a remarkable degree. The civilisation of ancient Greece has had a profound influence on British culture, education, art and architecture. Britain, for its part, from the earliest years of the Greek state in the 1830s, and indeed before, has been closely involved in Greek affairs, at times uncomfortably so. I look forward I look forward to discussing aspects of the close, if at times troubled, relationship between the two countries'.

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