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The German-Greek Yearbook of Political Economy (GGY-PE)  
The "German-Greek Yearbook of Political Economy" (GGY-PE) aims to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between political entities but also of the two peoples. The point of reference is classical Greek culture and its paramount impact on the European Culture, in general, and the German culture, more specifically. The adoption of the values of the ancient Greek civilization was accompanied with a high degree of revision, redefinition, and reinterpretation especially in the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century.

The resulting "romantic perspective" was highlighted with the installment of the second son of the Bavarian King Ludwig I, a philhellene and open supporter of the Greek independence war, as King Otto I of Greece in 1832. But the German-Greek exchanges have been unequivocally bi-directional. To name but a few, over the last two centuries, the German legal tradition served as the basis of the Greek civil law, in addition to Otto's wife two more German Princesses became Queens of the Hellenes, Nazi Germany was a harsh occupier of Greece during the period 1941-44, while during the 1950s to the 1970s West Germany acted as host of thousands of Greek "Gastarbeiter" migrants.

Today's relationship of Greece and Germany is almost daily discussed in the German and Greek newspapers and does not need to be further elaborated here. This discussion, the misunderstandings and even malignancies related to it, are the core motivation for this yearbook project. One dimension will be to point to the common cultural traits based on the classical heritage, making use of concepts and instruments of economics, social sciences and philosophy; another will be to analyze today's political-economic relationship within the context of the European Union and the World Economy.


  •    M.J. Holler & G. Tridimas (Eds.), German-Greek Yearbook of Political Economy, Volume 1/ 2018, Accedo (6.4 MB)
    (please, click on the "+" sign to read the table of contents)
    • Introduction to the Volume
    • George Tridimas, When the Greeks Loved the Germans: The Political Economy of King Otto's Reign
    • Korinna Schönhärl, Why invest in Greece? Gerson von Bleichröder and the Greek loan of 1889
    • Konstantinos Pilpilidis, A Tale of Two States: Explaining Constitutional Choice in Germany and Greece
    • Athanasios Gromitsaris, On Some Aspects of Administrative Justice in Post - Revolutionary Greece and their Relevance Today
    • Barbara Klose-Ullmann, Medea on Stage: Child Murderess or Abandoned Wife?
    • Emmanouil-Marios L. Economou and Nicholas Kyriazis, Ancient Greek Achaeans, Modern Germans and EU Integration: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Federations
    • Anja Pütz, The Athena of Dornach: A Bronze Statuette Unearthed in Munich's Neighborhood
    • Heinz D. Kurz, Marx on Aristotle and the Problem of the 'Common Third': A Sraffian perspective
    • Konstantinos Koulaouzidis, ARS COMBINATORIA v2.5 or: The 64 Ways of Order
    • Information: Conference Program

We will accept papers on any aspects of the multifaceted, complex and ongoing German-Greek relationship including topics relating to

  • The ancient Greek heritage in German scholarship, arts, literature, philology and philosophy
  • German Philhellenism and German thought
  • King Otto and the foundation of modern Greece: monarchy, constitutionalism and revolution
  • The influence of the German legal tradition in modern Greek law and legal thought
  • Greece and Imperial Germany: foreign policy and family ties
  • Greek migration to Germany
  • German migration to Greece
  • Aspects of German-Greek collaboration in migration and refugee crisis
  • Eurozone, German and Greek responses to the debt crisis
  • The relationship between German and Greek academia and universities
For "Information for Contributors", please contact one of the editors

Manfed J. Holler (, and George Tridimas (

or consult [↑].

The Finish-German Yearbook of Political Economy (FGY-PE)  
The "Finish-Greek Yearbook of Political Economy" (FGY-PE) aims to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between political entities but also of the two peoples and countries.

Finland used to be firmly anchored to the German culture, science, and politics from the Russian invasion in 1808 till the end of the II World War when the Anglo-Saxon and especially US influence became dominant. Today, the situation is has been at least partly reversed: the EU and the position of Finland there has brought back the need to know Germany and share and utilize its strengths in culture, science, and politics. Also the German language, which used to be the first foreign language in the Finnish schools, is coming back. Of course it should also kept in mind that from the early 16th century the dominant religion in Finland has been and still is Lutheranism.

The German influence has been both good and bad, and here one refers to the Finnish political right wing sympathies with the German Nazism. And we should not forget the German imperial troops' role in the Finnish Civil War (1918). However, in Finland that influence was never unconditional or dominating. Yet, many leading intellectual figures wanted a counterforce against the Soviet style Marxism, and hence supported Fascism. In the 1960s Marxism came back with vengeance among a younger student generation. It was still partly Leninist movement but also influenced by German style Euro-Marxism. At that time, and later, the important political question was Finland's relationship to East Germany. It is said that the presently famous Finnish school system has been more of less borrowed from East Germany.

We should not forget, for instance, the Finnish philosophers' relationship to the Vienna Circle, of which Eino Kaila was a member. Young G.H. von Wright wanted to study in Germany, but because of the threatening war he went to Cambridge, UK, where he became Wittgenstein's successor: and the Austrian Wittgenstein wrote in German language. The first major politician, statesman, and philosopher who studied German philosophy was J.V. Snellman, who also travelled in Germany and designed his major work Lärän on staten (The Doctrine of the State) along the Hegelian lines in Die Philosophie des Rechts. Others followed in his footsteps.

The German influence in Finland has been deep and long lasting, and now it is again as important as ever. However, there is also a Finnish influence in Germany. Finnish design and architecture serve as models and inspiring examples and the success of Finnish school system is a widely discussed yardstick to the German school system. The Kaurismäki brothers Aki and Mika are well known to German moviegoers. Mika even studied at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film at Munich during 1977 to 1981. There is, and has been, a substantial cultural exchange between the two countries. We want to learn more about it.

Selected Online Articles

We will accept papers on any aspects of the multifaceted, complex and ongoing relationship including topics relating to

  • The relationship between Finnish and German academia and universities
  • Academic traditions and research cooperation - in the past, today, and in the future
  • Why a German should become King of Finland and did not make it
  • Business traditions and business relations - in the past, today, and in the future
  • The Finnish and the German way after 1945 and what came out of it
  • The Influence of German (political) philosophy in Finland
  • The right wing ideology in the pre-war Finland
  • Continental Marxism in Finland
  • Eino Kaila and the Vienna Circle
  • The Hegelianism of J.V. Snellman (1806-1881)
  • Comparison of the party systems and their origins
  • A century of coalition formation in Germany and Finland
  • The Finnish Church in Germany
  • The German Lutheranism in Finland
  • The German Finnish Society (DFG), its history and its political economy
  • Further topics
For "Information for Contributors", please contact one of the editors
  • Timo Airaksinen (Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki,
  • Manfed J. Holler (University of Hamburg,
  • Hannu Nurmi (Department of Philosophy, Political Science and Contemporary History, University of Turku,
or consult [↑].

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