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The Geography of Greece

Managing Crises and Building Resilience

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  • Analyses the geography and Greek crisis/crises outside the area of finance, focusing on human and physical geography
  • Breaks stereotypes about this country and collects the most relevant and up-to-date information from renown experts
  • Contains maps, photos, and tables and provides key insights into the dynamics of change and resilience

Part of the book series: World Regional Geography Book Series (WRGBS)

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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Into the Depths of Historical Geography

  2. Greek Miracles: Resilience Through Innovation

  3. Managing Local Specifics: Towards New Pathways


About this book

During the last few years, Greece has become a subject of increasing attention worldwide. Once praised for its ability to innovate and reform during the EU integration process, applauded for its remarkable job in managing the 2004 Olympics, the country fell into a financial crisis of unprecedented magnitude in 2008. Much has been said on this matter, and amid the morass of information a staggering number of untruths have been disseminated.
In fact, the challenges of vulnerability and the paradigms of adaptation go way beyond finance and economy in Greece. Mega-fires, earthquakes, landslides and floods, migrations, sociopolitical upheavals, and armed conflicts generate emergency situations repeatedly. Because of its bridging role between natural and social sciences, geography can provide insights into the entire breadth of hazardous and chaotic events driving adaptation and change. Against all these threats, Greece has developed an enhanced resilience capacity. The purpose of this book is to help unravel the complexities of a fascinating country beyond clichés.
This book is intended for students, researchers, scholars, and engineers interested in geography, land planning, urban studies, and environmental management. The crises issue intended as a guideline allows widening the audience to include the media, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and the public at large.

Editors and Affiliations

  • CNRS-UMR 7300 ESPACE, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, France

    Régis Darques

  • Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece

    George Sidiropoulos, Kostas Kalabokidis

About the editors

Régis Darques is a geographer whose research area is at the crossroads of human and environmental geography. Research fellow at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS-UMR 7300 ESPACE, France), his interests focus on Balkan geography and Mediterranean Studies. Remote sensing techniques, advanced GIS, and complex systems are among his areas of expertise.

Kostas Kalabokidis is a professor of physical geography with an emphasis on the use of Geographic Information Systems at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece. His research resulted in numerous publications on wildfire ecology and management, environmental risk planning, natural disasters, human-environment relations, spatial analysis and geo-informatics.

George Sidiropoulos is a distinguished professor in the Geography Department at the University of the Aegean (Greece), specializing in historical geography and geopolitics. His research encompasses the analysis ofspatial dynamics over time, geopolitical and geostrategic assessments, as well as the fields of geographic visualization and cartography.

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