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Economic Development of Southeast Europe 1870-2010: periphery forever?

Research domain:
Policies and institutions

Project duration:
since 2012

Since the end of the 19th century all Southeast European efforts to catch up economically to Western Europe eventually failed. This project looks for the historical roots of this failure, which endangers the stability of the entire European continent.

The project comprises several publication projects and cooperation in research.

  1. A book project on "Industrialization in the Global Periphery 1870-2010" is conducted by Kevin O ‘Rourke and Jeffrey Williamson. The book will be published at Oxford University Press. Michael Kopsidis (IAMO) works on the chapter about Southeast Europe in cooperation with Martin Ivanov.
  2. A multipart handbook on the history of Southeast Europe is also in the making. Michael Kopsidis (IAMO) cooperates with Martin Ivanov on a chapter about postwar industrialization (1945-1990) in the three Socialist states of Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania, as well as in Greece.
  3. Several empirical studies on agricultural development in Bulgaria 1880-1940 are on the way in cooperation with Martin Ivanov.