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Introduction


Giorgos Plakotos
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9107-6104
Athina Syriatou
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9826-7859
Abstract
Three historiographical articles, an essay on the press in nineteenth-century Finland and an analysis of a historical novel comprise this issue of Historein. Two of them analyse the historiography of the Greek interwar period as it concerns the economy and notions of national cultural identity, respectively. Another article discusses the impact of digital archiving for the historical profession, contemplating on its responsiveness to the demand for "instant history". The field of digital humanities also informs the next article, which, through the example of the Finnish press, seeks to make the concept of the virtual relevant in historical research. The final article gives a Foucauldian analysis of the notion of parrhesia for two historical personalities as they emerge from a well-known nineteenth-century historical novel, examining the multiple levels of historicity of the personas of the novel as well as the intentions of the critical views of the writer of his contemporary historical conflicts.
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Giorgos Plakotos, University of the Aegean

Assistant Professor

Department of Social Anthropology and History

Athina Syriatou, Democritus University of Thrace
Athena Syriatou is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary European History in the History and Ethnology Department, Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. She studied English Literature and History at the University of Athens (B.A.) and British and European history at the University College London (UK). She received her Ph.D, from the University College London (1997). She has taught European and British History at the University College London (UK), the University of Crete, the University of Athens and the Hellenic Open University. She has published articles and chapters in books on issues concerning the formation of national and social identity through formal education, on issues concerning the uses of memory and public history especially in twentieth century Britain. She has also written a textbook on the History of European Education from 6th to the 20th century for the Hellenic Open University and participated as a writer of textbooks of European history for secondary schools. Her research interests include social and cultural British history, history of nationalism as well public history and the history of memory.
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