Basil C. Gounaris is Professor of Modern History at the Department of History & Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2009. He has studied Modern History in the Aristotle University (BA 1983 & MA 1985) and in St Antony’s College, Oxford University (D.Phil 1988). From 1990 to 2001 he was the Director of the Centre for Macedonian History & Documentation in Thessaloniki. From 2000 to 2005 he taught Social and Economic History as Associate Professor at the Department for Balkan Studies (University of Western Macedonia). In 2009-10 he was Visiting Professor at King’s College, University of London and in 2013 Senior Visiting Scholar (Onassis Foundation USA) at Yale, Princeton, Columbia, George Washington and York (Canada). From 2011 to 2015 he was the Dean of Humanities and member of the Governing Board at the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki. Member of the editorial board: Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (2009-13), Südost-Forschungen (2015-).
Gounaris is the author of Steam over Macedonia: Socio-Economic Change and the Railway Factor, 1870-1912 (1993), Athens Academy Award; Family, Economy, and Urban Society in Bitola, 1897-1911 (2000 in Greek), Athens Academy Award; Social and other Aspects of Anticommunism in Macedonia during the Greek Civil War (2002 in Greek); The Balkans of the Hellenes, from Enlightenment to World War I (2007 in Greek); The Macedonian Question from the 19th to the 20th century: Historiographical Approaches (2010, in Greek); ‘See how the Gods Favour Sacrilege’: English Views and Politics on Candia under Siege (1645-1669) (2013).
He is the editor of Nation, State and Politics. Studies in Modern History dedicated to John S. Koliopoulos (2009, in Greek); Heroes of the Hellenes. Chieftains, Palikaria and the Acknowledgement of National Struggles (2014, in Greek); Mines, Olives and Monasteries: Aspects of Halkidiki’s Environmental History (2015); co-editor of the volumes Identities in Macedonia (1997, in Greek); Refugees in the Balkans. Memory and Integration (in Greek 2004); Irregular Wars. Macedonia, Civil War, Cyprus (2010, in Greek).
Gounaris is also the author of numerous articles which have appeared in the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Balkan Studies, Review, Journal of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, European History Quarterly, East European Quarterly, Etudes balkaniques, European Review of History, Journal of Southeast European & Black Sea Studies, Journal of Southern Europe & the Balkans, Journal of European Economic History, Balkanologie, The Historical Review, Südost-Forschungen, Mediterranean Studies, The International History Review.
His most recent articles are: “Unwanted Heroes? British Privateering, Commerce and Diplomacy in The Mid-Eighteenth Century Eastern Mediterranean”, Mediterranean Studies, 22.2 (2014), 135-165; “Unwanted Legacies: Greece and the Great War”, Othon Anastasakis, David Madden and Elizabeth Roberts (eds), Balkan Legacies οf the Great War. The Past is Never Dead (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 66-80; “The Alexei Obrescoff Case: The Levantine Backstage of British Mediation in the Russo-Turkish War (1768-74), The International History Review (2016).