Kordatos, Ianis

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Kordatos, Ianis


Born Feb. 1, 1891, in Zagora, Thessaly; died Apr. 28, 1961, in Athens. Greek historian, active in the workers’ movement.

The son of well-to-do parents, Kordatos studied law. Between 1911 and 1915 he belonged to various groups of the radical intelligentsia, and in 1918 he helped found the Communist Party of Greece. From 1924 he devoted himself entirely to scholarly research. In his study The Social Significance of the Greek Revolution of 1821 (1924), Kordatos gave the first materialist interpretation of modern Greek history in the country’s historiography. His synthesizing studies and articles, devoted to various periods in Greek history, are written for the most part from a Marxist point of view. Kordatos is also the author of works on philosophy, sociology, law, and literary history.


Historia tes Archaias Helladas, vols. 1–3. Athens, 1955–56.
Historia tes neoteres Helladas, vols. 1–5. Athens, 1957–58.
Historia tes Byzantines Autokratorias, vols. 1–2. Athens, 1959–60.


Arsh, G. L. “Vosstanie 1821 g. v osveshchenii grecheskogo istorika.” Novaia i noveishaia istoriia, 1961, no. 2.
Todorov, N. “lanis Kordatos.” Istoricheski pregled, 1961, no. 4.


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