Dr. Simeon Paravantes

Dr. Simeon Paravantes

Lecturer
Humanities
s.s.z.paravantes@uu.nl

Forthcomming, 2023-2024

“To Pay or not to Pay: The Complicated History of WWII Reparations and their impact on European Interstate relations , Routledge, 2024
 

Reparations have been a topic of debate and discussion in recent times, with many countries and communities demanding reparations for historical injustices. This book focuses on the issue of reparations from the perspectives of Greece, Poland and Germany, but placed in a global context of recent claims for reparations / compensation from Namibia, and from US POW’s vs Mitsubishi manufacturing corporations. The book explores the historical and political contexts of the demands for reparations in these countries, while also taking into consideration recent developments worldwide over the issue. The author analyzes the complex debates and historical controversies surrounding reparations, and provide a nuanced understanding of the issue, and an analysis of recent scholarship and the shortfalls of many of the studies. 
 
 
The BENELUX, Regional Groupings and the Dynamics of European Integration: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, Brill- 2023
 
(Co-editor and contributor for the forthcoming volume, winter 2023, Brill Publishers) 
From its inception as a regional organization (the ECSC) the EU has been greatly influenced by regional organizations; NATO, Comecon, the Warsaw Pact and the WEU to name a few. These organizations have at times fostered and hindered further integration, but their impact on the course of integration, though at times difficult to clearly define, has nonetheless been significant. As the EU faces an uncertain future, and the wisdom of the rapid enlargements of the past is being questioned, Regional organization have once again assumed a significant role in inter-member discussion, initiatives and planning. In order to clarify some of the effects touched on above, the book examines the effect that Regional organizations such as the BENELUX and Visegrad Group, have had, are having or may have on European Integration. 
 
 
 
“The BENELUX Union and the Cold War: a laboratory for Integration in Europe.” – 2023
 
Author of this chapter for the forthcoming book "The BENELUX, Regional Groupings and the Dynamics of European Integration: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives" (Brill, 2023). 


This chapter examines the ways in which Benelux cooperation at the beginning of the Cold War affected not only their relations going forward, but also how, what would become the EU (ECSC, EEC, EC) based its functioning and institutions on the Benelux model. 
 
 
-Their ‘Apple of Discord’ or the Apple of Their Eye: How the British Secured American support for Eastern Mediterranean and Western European Security, 1947-1948. – 2023
 
(Chapter for edited volume: Anglo-Hellenic relations in the 20th Century. Berghahn Books, Dec 2023) This chapter examines the ways in which the British used Greece to lure the Americans into an Eastern Mediterranean security arrangement in the crucial years of 1947 and 1948.
 

 

In print

 

Author: Britain and the United States in Greece after World War II: Anglo-American Relations and the Origins of the Cold War -triple-blind peer reviewed- (London, Bloomsbury, 2021)

Co-editor: The BENELUX, Regional Groupings and the Dynamics of European Integration: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives (Brill, 2023)

Peer-Reviewed Articles 

-The BENELUX Union and the Cold War: a laboratory for Integration in Europe. In: The BENELUX, Regional Groupings and the Dynamics of European Integration: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives ( Brill, 2021)

-A Tale of Two Referenda: The Plebiscite of 1946 and the Referendum of 2015 (European Review of History, New Horizons III 2019) – DOI:10.1080/13507486.2018.1439884.
                          
-In for a penny: A Legal and Diplomatic History of Reparations and their impact on European (dis?) Integration (International Journal of Legal History and Institutions, Vol 3, Dec 2019) ISSN: 2515-9208

-TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY: WWII Reparations and the evolving history of European Debt Agreements: The cases of Greece and Poland. (Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Dec 2021)

-Their ‘Apple of Discord’ or the Apple of Their Eye: How the British Secured American support for Eastern Mediterranean and Western European Security, 1947-1948. (Chapter for edited volume: Anglo- Hellenic relations in the 20th Century. Berghahn Books, Dec 2022)

-Research Project: Franco-British Diplomatic games and issues within the Western European Union (WEU) (1954-1982) (CVCE - October 2016)


1-The relationship between the WEU and NATO:
2-The Nuclear Question:3-Defence Industry and Technology Base:
4-The issue of NATO ‘out-of-area’ operations: from West Africa to the borders of the Near East.
-The Greek Case: The Truman Doctrine and British Manipulation of the United States (1944-47),’ Dece mber 2010 (double-blind peer reviewed) (pp 99-128.) (The Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, Vol. 36, 1&2, winter 2010)