Mark Mazower

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Mark Mazower
Born Mark A. Mazower
(1958-02-20) February 20, 1958 (age 60)
London, England, United Kingdom
Alma mater University of Oxford
Occupation Writer, historian

Mark Mazower (/məˈz.ər/; born 20 February 1958) is a British historian. His expertise is Greece, the Balkans and, more generally, 20th-century Europe. He is currently a professor of history at Columbia University in New York City.


Mazower earned his BA in Classics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 1981 and his doctorate from the same university in 1988. He also holds an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University (1983). Prior to his arrival at Columbia, Mazower taught at Birkbeck, University of London, and at the University of Sussex. He has also taught at Princeton University.

Mazower also writes for various newspapers since 2002 including articles and comments on international affairs and book reports for the Financial Times and for The Independent.[1][2]

He has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the European Association of History Educators (EUROCLIO).

Fields of interest[edit]

Mazower has written extensively on Greek and Balkan history. His book The Balkans won the Wolfson History Prize and Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941–44, both won the Longman History Today Award for Book of the Year. Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430–1950 was the Runciman Prize and Duff Cooper Prize winner and was shortlisted for the Hessell-Tiltman Prize.[3]

In addition, Mazower is more broadly concerned with 20th-century European history. His book Dark Continent: Europe's 20th century argued that the triumph of democracy in Europe was not inevitable but rather the result of chance and political agency on the part of citizens, subjects and leaders.

In Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe, Mazower compared Nazi German occupation policy in different European countries.

One of Mazower's most recent books, No Enchanted Palace, was published in 2009. It narrates the origins of the United Nations and its strict ties to colonialism and its predecessor organisation, the League of Nations. In his 2012 publication Governing the World, this narrative is taken one step further, and the history of international organisations in general is evaluated, beginning with the Concert of Europe at the start of the nineteenth century.

Awards and honours[edit]


Mazower's publications include:

  • Governing the World: The History of an Idea (Penguin Group, 13 September 2012. ISBN 978-1-5942-0349-7)
  • No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations (Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford 2009. ISBN 978-1-4008-3166-1)
  • Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe (Allen Lane, 2008)
  • Networks of Power in Modern Greece, (as editor, C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, 2008)
  • Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430–1950 (HarperCollins, 2004)
  • Ideologies and National Identities: The Case of Twentieth-Century South-Eastern Europe (as co-editor, Central European University Press, 2003)
  • After the War was Over: Reconstructing the Family, Nation and State in Greece, 1943–1960 (as an editor, Princeton UP, 2000)
  • The Balkans (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2000) from the 'Universal History' series, reprinted as The Balkans: From the End of Byzantium to the Present Day (Phoenix, 2002)
  • Dark Continent: Europe's 20th Century (Knopf, 1998)
  • The Policing of Politics in the Twentieth Century: Historical Perspectives (as editor, Berghahn, 1997)
  • Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941–44 (Yale UP, 1993)
  • Greece and the Inter-War Economic Crisis, Clarendon Press, 1991 (first published 1989), ISBN 0-19-820205-9, also translated in Greek by MIET (2002).


  1. ^ "Prejudice in Europe is more than skin deep". Financial Times. 17 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "List of links to articles by Mazower". Columbia University]. February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Shortlisted writers". [English PEN]. 2005. 
  4. ^ Felicity Capon (8 April 2013). "Keith Lowe awarded the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for history". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 

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