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Nicholas Doumanis

Professor and Illinois Chair in Hellenic Studies

History (world history, modern Europe, Mediterranean, Greece, diaspora)


Building & Room:

922 UH


601 S. Morgan St


Professor Doumanis teaches world history and specializes in modern European history, mainly southern Europe and particularly Greece.  He is also interested in the history of the modern Greek diaspora.  His most recent book, The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, the 20th and early 21st Centuries: Global Perspectives (Edinburgh University Press), which he co-authored with Emeritus Professor Antonis Liakos of the University of Athens, was published in April 2023.  In keeping with his interest in world history, Doumanis is currently writing a history of the eastern Mediterranean since the Palaeolithic, which will be published in Wiley Blackwell’s "History of the World" series.

His publications include his prize-winning Myth and Memory in the Mediterranean (Macmillan, St Martin’s, 1997), which is an ethnographic study of Greek islanders living under Italian colonial rule, and a book on Italian nation formation.  He has also written a book on Greece since antiquity, and a study of Muslim-Christian coexistence and everyday life in the Ottoman Empire before the advent of nationalism.  Doumanis is interested in historiography, especially approaches that consider everyday and large-scale levels of investigation, but also nations and empires as categories of analysis and practice.

Prior to joining UIC, Professor Doumanis taught at a number of universities in Australia, particularly at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Selected Publications

A History of Greece (Bloomsbury Essential Histories), 2nd edition, (forthcoming)

‘European Imperial Expansion in the Age of Empire’ in The Cambridge History of International Law, Vol. IX, International Law in the Age of Empire, edited by Stephen C. Neff (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, the 20th and early 21st Centuries: Global Perspectives, (Edinburgh University Press, 2023) (with Antonis Liakos)

‘Regions, connectivity, and the making of the modern world: Some recent big-picture histories’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 66.1 (April 2020), pp. 130-148

The Oxford Handbook of European History 1914-1945, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016

‘The Mediterranean and Asia’, in P. Horden and S. Kinoshita (eds), Companion to Mediterranean History (Oxford/Malden MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2014)

Before the Nation: Muslim-Christian coexistence and its destruction in Late Ottoman Anatolia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013

A History of Greece (Essential Histories), Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

‘Europe and the Wider World’ in Robert Gerwarth (ed), Twisted Paths: Europe 1915-1945 (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007), pp. 355-80

‘’Durable Empire: State virtuosity and social accommodation in the Ottoman Mediterranean’, The Historical Journal (Cambridge UP) 49.3 (2006), pp, 953-66

Italy (Inventing the Nation), Bloomsbury/Oxford University Press, 2001

‘The Greeks in Australia’, in Richard Clogg (ed.), The Greek Diaspora in the Twentieth Century (Macmillan, London, 1999), pp. 58-86

Myth and Memory in the Mediterranean: Experiencing Fascism’s Empire (Macmillan: London, 1997)