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The American Revolution and its Impact on the Greek Revolution


Hellenic American Union Theater

Talk by historian Maria Efthymiou on the origins and impact in Greece of the American Revolution

During her lecture, Dr. Maria Efthymiou, Professor of History at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, will outline the events and origins of this seminal event and the profound impact it had on the outbreak of the Greek Revolution some years later. The talk will be followed by a discussion with journalist Makis Provatas.

As Dr. Efthymiou notes, the American War of Independence involved an array of military, ideological, political, and diplomatic events that took place over a span of two decades (1765-1784). What began as a reaction of English settlers in the original 13 states to the policies of their monarch in England soon escalated into a full-fledged revolutionary war. The war, from which the settlers would eventually emerge victorious with the help of forces sent by the King of France, set into motion groundbreaking political and ideological that would largely determine the course of humanity in the decades to follow.

For those unable to attend, the event will be broadcast live on the page of the Hellenic American Union ( and livestreamed through HAU’s YouTube channel (Hellenic American Union Athens - YouTube).

Dr. Maria Efthymiou is Professor of History at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she has served as a member of the research and teaching staff for the last four decades. In this capacity, she has taught thousands of students and supervised hundreds of seminars and postgraduate and doctoral dissertations. She has represented Greece at European Union history committees and has participated in dozens of educational activities related to secondary and tertiary education. She has contributed to the project Mathesis of Crete University Press with seven courses on Greek and world History ( Since 2006, she has been delivering free lectures on Greek and world history almost every evening to the Greek public, including talks in prisons and addiction treatment centers. She has authored or edited six history books and published some eighty-five articles and essays in history journals, conference proceedings, and newspaper supplements, in Greece and abroad. In 2013, she was honored with the “Vassilis Xanthopoulos - Stephanos Pnevmatikos” Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching.


Makis Provatas was born and grew up in Athens. After studies in the pre-medical track at Worcester State College in Massachusetts (US), he returned to Greece, where he earned his dental degree at the Artistotle University of Thessaloniki School of Dentistry. He has been working in a journalist and radio broadcaster since 1999, the last three years at Athens Voice Radio 102.5 fm. During his career, he has interviewed hundreds of personalities from Greece and abroad, including many renowned writers, directors, artists, and politicians, among whom Konstantinos Mitsotakis, Stephen Hawking, Dario Fo, Noam Chomsky, John Cleese, Irvin Yalom, Carlos Fuentes, Eduardo Galeano, Isabel Allende, John Malkovich, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. His interviews have been published in newspapers and magazines, including To Vima and Athens Voice. He is the author of On the Third Rock from the Sun, co-written with physicist Dimitris Nanopoulos, and Just a Few Kilometers… Stories from History, co-written with historian Maria Efthymiou, both published by Patakis Editions.

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