Centered on rural Greek Macedonia, this article constitutes an attempt to assess the role of agricultural cooperatives as mechanisms capable of molding a sturdy and efficient farmer. As it will be argued here, this was the intention of the Ministry of Economics (and later, Ministry of Agriculture) officials who composed the standard statute for agricultural cooperatives. By applying a micro-historical perspective, based on the archives of two agricultural cooperatives of interwar Greek Macedonia, this article provides evidence that gives cause to doubt whether the proclaimed goals were achieved.
Agricultural Cooperatives as Social-Engineering Mechanisms: Fragments of Evidence from Two Case Studies from the Interwar Greek Macedonia
George L. Vlachos was born and raised in Athens. He received his first degree from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He then turned to history, receiving his master’s degree (political culture and national identities) from the Department of History of Leiden University in the Netherlands. In 2015, he started his doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence, having received a full scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation. He earned his doctorate in 2019 when he successfully defended his doctoral thesis, entitled “Where the Nation Would Dwell: The Hellenization of Southern Macedonia, 1913–1940.” In 2019, he was elected regional representative of Greece in the European Society of Environmental History, and since the beginning of 2020, he has been an external research associate of the National Research Foundation (Institute of Historical Research). His research interests focus on the modern environmental history of Greece in relation to issues of nationalism, modernization, and capitalist exploitation.
George L. Vlachos; Agricultural Cooperatives as Social-Engineering Mechanisms: Fragments of Evidence from Two Case Studies from the Interwar Greek Macedonia. Hiperboreea 1 June 2022; 9 (1): 69–94. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/hiperboreea.9.1.0069
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