The volume “The Economic Development of Southeastern Europe in the 19th Century” which was edited by E. Eldem, Professor at the Boğaziçi University, and S. Petmezas, Associate Professor at the University of Crete, constitutes a continuation of the Alpha Bank Historical Archives’ publishing activity and, at the same time, fills an important gap in the literature. The economic development of Southeastern Europe has not been the object of systematic study until the present day. At the international conference organised by the Historical Archives in 2006 at Corfu, distinguished Greek and foreign historians and economists presented their papers on the characteristics of economic growth in Southeastern Europe during the 19th century, on an aggregate basis and per country but also per business sector, thus contributing to the creation of an original publication facilitating the understanding of the economy of the region.
The volume "Society,Politics and State Formation in Southeastern Europe During the 19th Century2011" includes the papers delivered at an international conference, on the topic of the economic development of the countries of Southeastern Europe during the 19th century, which was organised by the Alpha Bank Historical Archives in October 2009 at Corfu. Its aim is to fill a significant gap in the international literacture. In particular, the authors study state formation in Southeastern Europe during the 19th century, i.e. at the time when the national states are formed, having as a starting point the need of understanding the history of the region, leaving aside the traditional concept of the states that fail to modernise. The particularity and originality of the texts lies in their authors' attempt to study a topic, which of course in not new in historiography, with a different approach, in comparison to the current one, and essentially by adopting new tools and investigating new thematics.
The new two-volume work “The History of Alexander the Great’s Descendants” relates the story of the first century of the Hellenistic kingdoms in the East (the Ptolemies, the Seleucids, the Attalids of Pergamus) and their rivalries, Pyrrhus’s expeditions in the West, the role of the Macedonian kingdom in Greece (the Antigonids), the first establishment of the Achaean and Aetolian Confederacy as well as the parallel developments in Sparta with the distinguishing figures of Agis and Cleomenes, up to its decisive fall in Sellacia in 222 BC. Further, the dissemination of the Hellenistic civilisation to the edge of the world is analysed and at the same time its decisive influence on the rising Roman World and indeed in the wider Western world up until the present day is underlined.
The book “Myth and Coinage” was published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same title which will be presented concurrently at the National Archaeological Museum and the Numismatic Museum from April 15 to November 27, 2011. The catalogue is divided in two parts: “The Illustration of the Myth” and “The Use of the Myth”. It analyses the myths, the symbolisms and the interpretations pertaining to mythical figures and stories; furthermore, it includes a rich bibliography. The edition comprises 604 photographs of ancient coins from the Alpha Bank and the Numismatic Museum Collections, of vases, sculptures and examples of metalworking from the Collections of the National Archaeological Museum, as well as of two paintings from the National Gallery.
The book "Alexander the Great. From Macedonia to the edge of the world" was published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same title of ancient coins from the Alpha Bank Collection at the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina. The edition refers to the history of Alexander the Great through his coinage and its effect on the ancient world even after his death. The book includes photographs of 218 coins and analytic explanatory texts.
The book ''Economy and society on both shores of the Aegean'' is the product of a collective effort among the Alpha Bank Historical Archives, the Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Centre, an institution which belongs to the Garanti Bank, and the Department of History of the Bogazici University. This effort was initiated in 2004 by organising a monthly Greek- Turkish seminar entitled ''Economy and society on both shores of the Aegean'', which lasted for three consecutive academic years. The subject of the seminar was the Greek Orthodox populations during the late Ottoman period. Several aspects of their social and economic conditions were examined, such as intercommunal relations, national and social identities, commercial activities, social networks, the exchange of populations and the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
The book "City Block 19. The presence of Alpha Bank in the centre of Athens." "Seven Pictures" is the name of the seven chapters describing the history of the Alpha Bank buildings which occupy a large part of City Block 19 of Athens, namely: the Administration Building of Alpha Bank (at 40 Stadiou Street), the buildings of the Ionian (at 12 Pesmazoglou Street) and the Popular Banks (at 45 Panepistimiou Street) and the Nicoloudis Building (at 41Panepistimiou Street). The changes to the buildings but also to the city itself, in the course of a century, are portrayed through archive material, newspaper articles, historical sources as well as contemporary photographs.