[MGSA-L] Greek Economic History Association Seminars' 2014-2015_Lecture of D. Kontogeorgis_24.11.2014

Leda Papastefanaki lpapast at cc.uoi.gr
Fri Nov 21 22:43:26 PST 2014

The Greek Economic History Association is pleased to invite you at the lecture
of Dimitris Kontogeorgis (International Hellenic University) on

“International” and “National” ports. The competition
between the ports of Brăila/Galaţi and Constanţa during

Discussant: Panayiotis Kapetanakis (National Hellenic Research Foundation)

The lecture will take place on Monday, November 24, 2014 (at 15:00).

The lecture will be given in Greek.

Monday, November 24, 2014 (15:00-18:00)
Seminars’ Room, groundfloor
National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF)
48 Vassileos Constantinou Avenue
Metro:  Evangelismos station (Exit to Rizari)
203, 204, 211, 214 (Bus stop: 2nd Rizari)
225, 224 (Bus stop: Evangelismos)
450, 550 (Bus stop: Rizari)
622 (Bus stop: Evangelismos)
815 (Bus stop: Evangelismos)

The emergence and development of the Black Sea ports since the end of the 18th
century, and in particular of those at the lower Danube could be related to the
incorporation of those regions in the European economy. Due to the fact that
exports of agricultural products were the basic feature of those ports,
historiography tends to overlook the differences in the stages and the means of
their development.
The establishment in 1856 of an international institution, namely the European
Danube Commission, under the jurisdiction of which the Lower (Maritime) Danube
region was placed, constituted a milestone in the development of Braila and
Galatz, commercial centres of Wallachia and Moldavia respectively. Although
these ports remained under the sovereignty of autonomous and after 1878
independent Romania, it was extremely difficult or even impossible for the
latter to implement its own economic policy there. It was the incorporation of
the Black Sea port of Constantza into Romania in 1878 that gave the Romanian
governments the chance to emancipate from the European institutions and create
a truly “Romanian” port.
Striving for development of the country’s infrastructure and inspired by the
dynamic trend of economic nationalism, the Romanian governments aimed at
establishing Constanţa as the major hub for external trade. Their stance
sparked reactions as it entailed the undermining of Braila and Galatz and
manifested disrespect towards the benefits and the aid from the European
Commission. Competition amongst these ports was unavoidable and by the interwar
period Constanţa was to be regarded as the winner. This development proved
the potential of economic nationalism and the weakening of European
institutions in the wider region.

Founded in 1990 at Athens the Greek Economic History Association is a member of
the International Economic History Association (IEHA). The aims of the Greek
Economic History are to promote the research, development and diffusion of
economic history in Greece. The Greek Economic History Association organizes
seminars, lectures and conferences and maintains a vibrant webpage, the
Electronic Bulletin of Economic History, www.hdoisto.gr

On behalf of the Board,

Dr. Leda Papastefanaki
Assistant Professor in Modern Greek History
Department of History-Archaeology
University of Ioannina
Campus University
45110 Ioannina, Greece
Tel: +30 26510 05137
Fax: +30 26510 05273
e mail: lpapast at uoi.gr
papastefanaki at ath.forthnet.gr
skype name: leda.papastefanaki
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