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AIMS: Following the international conference “The Salonica Front in World War I” the University of Macedonia, in cooperation with the French School at Athens is conducting a summer seminar on the subject of the Macedonian Front and its contribution to the final victory by the British and French forces and their allies against the Central Powers. Having the formation of the Macedonian Front as a pivot point, the aim of this seminar is to educate young researchers and scholars on issues regarding the following wide range of topics: the development of military operations, the ordinary life of the troops in the camps in Thessaloniki and near the Front, relations between the troops and the local populations, the war and civilians (recruitment of war by local populations and their attitudes towards the Great Powers in Conflict),the urban environment under conditions of military readiness, the wider works of the British and the French in the region of Macedonia in terms of infrastructure and contingency plans (e.g. the fire in 1917),their contribution to the local economies, how “hostile’ activities were dealt with (for example Thessaloniki as a centre for espionage etc.),military actions taken (the evacuation of areas and the transfer of populations, the recruitment of civilians for projects of military importance etc.),the legacy of war. Simultaneously, a comparison will be made of the conditions of the Macedonian Front with other Fronts, including military operations, as well as the German and Bulgarian occupation during the World War II in the same area (1941-1944).

The further aims of the seminar are:

a) To motivate young researchers into choosing and developing postgraduate and doctoral theses on topics related to the First World War in the wider Balkan region. Thus, within this context, emphasis is given to historiography and its sources;
b) To familiarize young researchers with the historical evidence and the sites of memory of the war, i.e., with the cemeteries and memorials of the First World War in Thessaloniki and Macedonia in general, so as to bridge the historical narrative with the material dimension: the public space and the monuments of WWI;
c) By extension, to enhance the cooperation of the University of Macedonia with other research institutions and universities in both Greece and abroad in the field of history and the promotion of historical memory;
d) To establish a research community within the country which will engage in short-term discourse with the respective thematic communities in the Balkans and the rest of Europe.


The seminar is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and more particularly at students of History, Social Anthropology, International Relations, Political Science, as well as students engaged in area studies, such as Balkan Studies, Mediterranean Studies, Slavic studies and studies of countries in the Middle East. The seminar will be attended by 30 students, of which 8 will be French and will be selected by the Scientific Committee of the French School of Athens. The remaining 22 students will be from various European countries and from Greece, who will be selected by the scientific coordinators, Vlassis Vlasidis and Stratos Dordanas. All applicants will be subject to the same scientific selection criteria.


1. World War I. A new era for humanity

2. The Salonica or Macedonian Front. The causes that created it, military operations, its importance in ending the war

3. The Macedonian Front in the strategies of the Central Powers and the Entente

4. The Macedonian Front and political developments in Greece: National Discord

5. Thessaloniki during the World War I – the city, the local populations and foreign troops

6. The socio-cultural influence of the French Army of the Orient and the British troops in Thessaloniki

7. Health care provision to the Entente troops

8. The heritage and the legacy of World War I

9. Sources for the Study of War (archives, photographic collections, etc.)

10. Monuments and cemeteries of World War I in Macedonia

VISITS (week 28/08- 02 /09/2016) :

1. Zeitenlik Allied Military Cemetery and World War I memorial park, Stavroupolis Thessaloniki

2. Mikra Common wealth Military Cemetery, Kalamaria, Thessaloniki

3. All World War I monuments in Thessaloniki (in the west, the center and the east) 4. Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

5. The Historical Centre of the Municipality of Thessaloniki

6. Τhe Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive, of the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation

EXCURSION (Saturday 03/09/2016):

1. Vardar (Axios) River-Doiran Front-Doiran Commonwealth Memorial, Commonwealth and Greek military cemeteries of Doiran, Doiran battlefields

2. Karasouli Common wealth Military Cemetery at Polykastro

3. Former French cemetery in Goumenissa, Goumenissa Church and School (which were French military hospitals during World War I), the French Fountain in Goumenissa

4. The Battle of Skra, Museum, memorial and trenches

5. Region of Aridea (Serbian monuments in Exaplatanos, Aridea, Chrysi, Aridea and Apsalos railway stations

6. Allied Water tank in Skydra

7. Skydra Railway stations


1. Vasilis Gounaris, Professor of History, School of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2. Ioannis Mourelos, Professor of History, School of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

3. Anne Rasmoussen, Professor, History of Sciences, University of Strasbourg, France

4. Spyros Sfetas, Associate Professor of History, School of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

5. Anastasios Anastasiadis, Assistant Professor of History, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

6. Vlasis Vlasidis, Assistant Professor of Modern Balkan History, Department for Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki

7. Stratos Dordanas, Assistant Professor of Contemporary History, Department for Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki

8. Elli Lemonidou, Assistant Professor of History, Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies, University of Patras

9. Frédéric Guelton, Former Director, War Archives of France, Member of the Scientific Committee, Mission de Centennaire, France

10. Antonis Satrazanis, Director of the Historical Center of the Municipality Thessaloniki

11. Evaggelos Hekimoglou, publications and exhibitions curator, Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki 12. Lena Korma, Scientific Advisor-Researcher, French School at Athens


FEE: €250 Includes:

1. Certificate of participation

2. Lectures – classe

3. Visits in Thessaloniki-guided tours

4. Excursion on Saturday to Central Macedonia

5. Stay at the University of Macedonia student houses (11 people)

6. Meals

7. Publications, cds, notes

APPLICATIONS: Until 30th June, 2016