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Professor George N Leontsinis

Professor George N Leontsinis - George Leontsinis

Professor of Modern Greek History
and Teaching of History
20 Hippocratous St.,
Athens 106 80, Greece
Tel.: + 30 210 368 8490, +30 6946307892 (mobile)
Fax: + 30 210 368 8489-Tel./Fax: +30 210 4518279

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George N. Leontsinis is currently Professor of Modern Greek History and Teaching of History at the University of Athens, Greece.

He graduated from the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens (Department of History and Archaeology, and Department of Classics).

He completed his Ph.D. in England at the University of East Anglia, School of European History, with a grant from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation “IKY”.

He engaged in postdoctoral research (1987-1988) at the University of London, Holloway and Bedford New College, Department of History, as a Visiting Scholar.

From 1982 to 1995 he was School Inspector in Secondary Education for the philological and historical lessons.

He was Assistant Professor in the Faculty of History at the Ionian University in Corfu during the academic years 1985/86–1989/90 where he taught courses in ‘Western European Sovereignties in Greece’.

In 1989 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Primary Education (Department of Humanities) at the University of Athens, where he taught courses on ‘Modern Greek History’ and on ‘History and its Teaching’.

In 1992 he was promoted to Associate Professor of Modern Greek History in the same Faculty.

In 1997 he became a Full Professor (Chair of Modern Greek History and of Teaching of History) in the same Faculty. During the academic years 1989/90-1997/98 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Thessaly (Faculty of Primary Education) where he taught ‘Modern Greek History’ and ‘Teaching of History’.

He is a Vice-President of the General Assembly of the Department of Selective Management of Human Resources and Administration of the University of Athens where he teaches also the course ‘Modern Greek and European History’.

In the Marasleion Academy attached to the Faculty of Primary Education of the University of Athens, he also teaches the courses ‘History and its Teaching’, ‘Practical Exercises of Teaching of History’ and ‘Modern Greek and European History’.

He has been Director of the 3rd Athens Regional Centre of Further Education from 1996 to 2003.

In 1999 he was elected Councilor at the Municipality of Kythera, which was established based on Kapodistrias’ Bill for the reform of the Local Government, and was responsible for educational and cultural matters concerning Kytherian Diaspora. He has been re-elected in 2002 and holds the same responsibilities.

He is currently Vice-Mayor of the Municipality of Kythera, responsible for education and culture. With his initiative was established the Open University of the Municipality of Kythera, of which he is a member of the Scientific Committee.

He is also President of the newly established “Society of Theory, Research and Teaching of General and Local History”, that aims to promote the research and teaching of general and local history.

He is a member of several Greek, European and International historical societies, as well as of other institutions, such as “The Historical Association”, “Institute of Historical Research”, “The University of East Anglia Graduates’ Association”, “International Society for the Study of European Ideas”, “Hellenic Historical Society”, “Hellenic Committee for the South-Eastern Europe”, “Society for the Study of the Relations of the West to the Hellenism”, “Centre of Ionian Studies”, “Society for the Historical Studies of Modern Greece” etc.

He has been, for many years, a member of the Committee of the Trifylleion Foundation of Athens as well as a member of the Kytherian Societies of Athens and of Piraeus.

He organized several Greek and International Conferences in Kythera:

1. “The Agricultural Development and the Environmental Education” (17/6/2000)

2. First International Conference of Kytherian Studies “Kythera: Myth and Reality” (20-24/9/2000)

3. National Conference on “Church, Education and Culture in Kythera” (19-23/9/2001)

4. Symposium on “Scientific Research in Kythera” (19-21/9/2003)

5. “Kytherian Migration: Historic Diaspora and Contemporary Massive Population Movement” (16-19/9/2004)

6. Greek Benefaction and Kytherian Bequests” (21-25/9/2005).

He has published books and articles and has taken part in conferences and seminars both at home and abroad. His doctoral dissertation was entitled The Island of Kythera: A Social History, 1700-1863, published by the ‘Saripolos Library Publications’ of the University of Athens (1987, reprinted 2000).

He is also the author of

(1) Studies in Heptanesian Social History (Athens 20055)

(2) Studies in Modern Greek History and Education (Athens 20045)

(3) Studies in Modern Greek History (Athens 20042)

(4) Teaching of History: Local History and Environmental Education (Athens 1996)

(5) History, the Environment and their Teaching (Athens 1999)

(6) Teaching of Local History (Athens 2000)

(7) Experimental Programme for the Teaching of Local History in Primary Education (Ministry of National Education, Institute of Education, Athens 2000)

(8) Theoretical and Methodological Questions of the Teaching of History and the Environment (Athens 2003).

He also edited with A. Glycofrydi-Leontsini the 5 volumes Proceedings of the First International Conference “Kythera: Myth and Reality”, published by the Open University of the Municipality of Kythera (2003).

His book “The Ecclesiastical Situation and Parish Clergy of Kythera” is going to be published this year, (2005).


In the year 2004 he received the Aroney’ s award from Athens University for his book Theoretical and Methodological Questions of the Teaching of History and the Environment (Athens 2003).

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