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Historic Cyprus: A Guide to Its Towns and Villages, Monasteries and Castles

By Rupert Gunnis

Orage Press
Paperback (508 pages)

Historic Cyprus: A Guide to Its Towns and Villages, Monasteries and Castles
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Rupert Gunnis is one of the founding fathers of Cypriot historiography. Whilst working as an administrator in the British Colonial Government of Cyprus in the 1930s he visited every town and city on the island, recording its interesting historic buildings and sites. In this facsimile of 1936 edition of the resulting book, not only do we gain a snapshot of a Cyprus that has now long gone, but find a text that is still surprisingly useable as a guide to the material culture of Cyprus.

Hostage to History: Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger

By Christopher Hitchens

Verso
Released: 1997-09-17
Paperback (192 pages)

Hostage to History: Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger
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In a compelling study of great-power misconduct, Christopher Hitchens examines the events leading up to the partition of Cyprus and its legacy. He argues that the intervention of four major foreign powers, Turkey, Greece, Britain and the United States, turned a local dispute into a major disaster. In a new preface for this 1997 edition, Hitchens reviews the implications of the Republic of Cyprus’s applications for European union membership, the escalating regional arms race between Greece and Turkey, and last year’s Greek Cypriot protests along the partition border.

Cyprus History, and Ancient Period: The Republic of Cyprus, Society, Ethnicity, Economy, Government, Politics

By Henry Albinson

Released: 2016-03-04
Kindle Edition (172 pages)

Cyprus History, and Ancient Period: The Republic of Cyprus, Society, Ethnicity, Economy, Government, Politics
 
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The history of Cyprus, also read about Cyprus economy, Cyprus government and politics, Cyprus culture, Cyprus tourism and more
The republic of Cyprus was established in 1960, after the former colony gained independence from Britain. Since 1974, however, a de facto division of the island has existed, with the Greek Cypriot community controlling 63 percent of the territory, and the Turkish Cypriots, backed by Turkish army units, 37 percent. The scene of constant anticolonial and intercommunal strife since the mid-1950s, Cyprus assumed an importance out of proportion to its size and population because of its strategic location and its impact on the national interests of other nations. The island's location in the eastern Mediterranean Sea has made it easily accessible from Europe, Asia, and Africa since the earliest days of ships. Its timber and mineral resources made it important as a source of trade goods in the ancient world, but attracted conquerors, pirates, and adventurers in addition to merchants and settlers. About the middle of the second millennium B.C. Cyprus was subjected to foreign domination for the first time, and from then until 1960, almost without interruption, outside powers controlled the island and its people

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus: Life on a Mediterranean Island

By Lawrence Durrell

Open Road Media
Released: 2012-06-12
Kindle Edition (380 pages)

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus: Life on a Mediterranean Island
 
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From the New York Times–bestselling author of the Alexandria Quartet: “A superlative piece of . . . writing . . . rooted in the Mediterranean scene” (Time). In 1953, as the British Empire relaxes its grip upon the world, the island of Cyprus bucks for independence. Some cry for union with Athens, others for an arrangement that would split the island down the middle, giving half to the Greeks and the rest to the Turks. For centuries, the battle for the Mediterranean has been fought on this tiny spit of land, and now Cyprus threatens to rip itself in half. Into this escalating conflict steps Lawrence Durrell—poet, novelist, and a former British government official. After years serving the Crown in the Balkans, he yearns for a return to the island lifestyle of his youth. With humor, grace, and passable Greek, Durrell buys a house, secures a job, and settles in for quiet living, happy to put up his feet until the natives begin to consider wringing his neck. More than a travel memoir, this is an elegant picture of island life in a changing world.

The Island Everyone Wanted: An illustrated history of Cyprus

By Marina Christofides

Independently published
Paperback (48 pages)

The Island Everyone Wanted: An illustrated history of Cyprus
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A fun journey through the colourful history of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, one of the oldest civilisations of the world. Kids and grown-ups alike will love the beautiful full page illustrations which awaken the imagination with scenes from daily life through the ages. From the hut dwellers of Chirokitia, to ancient Greek city-kingdoms, sunken trading ships, exquisite Roman mosaics, royal weddings and brutal wars, the events that shaped the island are vividly brought to life. The easy to read text teaches interesting facts, such as that Cyprus was once at the bottom of the sea, that it gave its name to copper and not the other way round, that Mark Anthony gave the island to Cleopatra as a token of his love, that for three hundred years its rulers all spoke French, and that it was the first country in the world from where malaria was eradicated. Spot the ancient figurine hidden on almost every page as it travels through time.

A Concise History of Modern Cyprus: 1878-2009 (Peleus)

By Heinz A Richter

Brand: Harrassowitz Verlag
Hardcover (290 pages)

A Concise History of Modern Cyprus: 1878-2009 (Peleus)
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This volume addresses itself to readers interested in Cyprus who want to learn more than what can be found in guidebooks or perhaps in newspapers but do not have the time to delve into the history of this island. It covers the era from 1878 when Cyprus became British to 1977 when Makarios signed the so-called High Level Agreement, dying shortly later. But in order to help the reader to a better understanding of the development from then to the present this concise history contains a short overview of developments after 1977. This is by no means a dry handbook of Cypriot history. The aim is an easy-reading, fascinating text satisfying all scholarly standards.

A Traveller's History Of Cyprus

By Timothy Boatswain

Brand: Interlink Books
Paperback (231 pages)

A Traveller s History Of Cyprus
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Over two million visitors a year visit Cyprus and this new Traveller's History retells the complete story of the island's past and also touches on the sensitive present day issues for both sides of the island. As always the retelling of the island's story will help visitors understand its present situation and guide them to the heritage sites. The book includes historical maps, a Gazetteer, and a Chronology.

The Traitors' Club: A Memoir

By Marina Christofides

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (218 pages)

The Traitors  Club: A Memoir
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Through playful banter over coffee in an Ottoman courtyard in the divided capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, a group of friends from both sides of the divide share their moving, funny yet sometimes harrowing experiences, as over the course of their lives they went through an anticolonial struggle, internecine fighting, war, partition and endless, ineffective peace negotiations, in what has become known as ‘the Cyprus problem’. They are traitors because they are friends who see themselves as Cypriots, rather than Greeks or Turks, and because they have a goal that the rest of their compatriots don’t seem to share – to live together as one people.

The Cyprus Problem: What Everyone Needs to Know®

By James Ker-Lindsay

Oxford University Press
Released: 2011-04-21
Paperback (125 pages)

The Cyprus Problem: What Everyone Needs to Know®
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For nearly 60 years--from its uprising against British rule in the 1950s, to the bloody civil war between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in the 1960s, the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in the 1970s, and the United Nation's ongoing 30-year effort to reunite the island--the tiny Mediterranean nation of Cyprus has taken a disproportionate share of the international spotlight. And while it has been often in the news, accurate and impartial information on the conflict has been nearly impossible to obtain.

In The Cyprus Problem: What Everyone Needs to Know®, James Ker-Lindsay--recently appointed as expert advisor to the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Cyprus--offers an incisive, even-handed account of the conflict. Ker-Lindsay covers all aspects of the Cyprus problem, placing it in historical context, addressing the situation as it now stands, and looking toward its possible resolution. The book begins with the origins of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities as well as the other indigenous communities on the island (Maronites, Latin, Armenians, and Gypsies). Ker-Lindsay then examines the tensions that emerged between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots after independence in 1960 and the complex constitutional provisions and international treaties designed to safeguard the new state. He pays special attention to the Turkish invasion in 1974 and the subsequent efforts by the UN and the international community to reunite Cyprus. The book's final two chapters address a host of pressing issues that divide the two Cypriot communities, including key concerns over property, refugee returns, and the repatriation of settlers. Ker-Lindsay concludes by considering whether partition really is the best solution, as many observers increasingly suggest.

Written by a leading expert, The Cyprus Problem brings much needed clarity and understanding to a conflict that has confounded observers and participants alike for decades.

What Everyone Needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.

Cyprus and the Politics of Memory: History, Community and Conflict (International Library of Twentieth Century History)

I.B.Tauris
Released: 2012-09-04
Hardcover (336 pages)

Cyprus and the Politics of Memory: History, Community and Conflict (International Library of Twentieth Century History)
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The island of Cyprus has been bitterly divided for more than four decades. One of the most divisive elements of the Cyprus conflict is the writing of its history, a history called on by both communities to justify and explain their own notions of justice. While for Greek Cypriots the history of Cyprus begins with ancient Greece and Hellenistic culture, for the Turkish Cypriot community the history of the island begins with the Ottoman invasion of 1571. The singular narratives both sides often employ to tell the story of the island are, as this volume argues, a means of continuing the battle which has torn the island apart, and an obstacle to resolution.

The Cyprus Conflict and History re-orientates history-writing on Cyprus from a tool of division to a form of dialogue, and explores a way forward for the future of conflict resolution in the region.



 
 
 

 
 
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