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Cyprus Historical and Contemporary Studies

ISSN No: 2057-9012
Series Editor(s):
Andrekos Varnava
Subject: History

Series Description

Cyprus has had an eventful and troubled history for such a small island state. From antiquity to modern times, Cypriots have formed an interesting melange, where different peoples in terms of race, religion, ethnicity, class, language and other determinants, have shared a common homeland, collective experiences, popular traditions and often social, political and economic inequalities and hardships. Cyprus and its inhabitants have had a multi-faceted relationship with various civilisations and empires, ancient, medieval and modern, a relationship that has sometimes been fraught but at other times fruitful, resulting in interesting legacies and influences. The island, a full member of both the Commonwealth and the European Union, has a history and civilisation dating back 10,000 years. The mission of Cyprus Historical and Contemporary Studies (CHCS), as the first and only peer-reviewed academic book series to specialise in presenting scholarly research and debate on any period of the history of Cyprus, is therefore vitally important. CHCS aims to publish quality research on all periods and in all areas of the history of Cyprus, ranging from earliest to contemporary times, thus making it wide ranging. Since antiquity, Cyprus has had a multi-faceted and complex heritage, influenced by various civilisations, empires, migrations and settlements, as well as by wider regional and global developments and movements. Aside from historians, CHCS encourages scholars from various disciplines to offer book proposals, recognising that scholars other than historians contribute to the understanding of the histories of Cyprus. The series also focuses on setting Cyprus’ experience in the wider scene by publishing books that place the island in its Mediterranean, European, Near Eastern, and global contexts. It also publishes on any contemporary theme, including the Cyprus ‘Problem’. CHCS is committed to excellence in scholarship, stringent refereeing of book proposals and manuscripts, and is inclusive and apolitical, priding itself in publishing cutting edge scholarship from all scholars, irrespective of affiliation, that go beyond deterministic and nationalistic accounts. CHCS is an ambitious book series, publishing the most current and exciting research on Cyprus, from antiquity to contemporary times.

Editor(s) Biography

Andrekos Varnava was born and raised in Melbourne to Cypriot born parents, obtained a BA (Honours) from Monash University (2001) and his PhD in History from the University of Melbourne (2006). He is the author of British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878-1915: The Inconsequential Possession (Manchester University Press, Studies in Imperialism Series, 2009); and the co-editor (with Hubert Faustmann) of Reunifying Cyprus: The Annan Plan and Beyond (I. B. Tauris, 2009) and (with Nicholas Coureas and Marina Elia) The Minorities of Cyprus: Development Patterns and the Identity of the Internal-Exclusion (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). He has published numerous articles and book chapter in his short career, most recently in Journal of Military History (2010), and a co-authored chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe (2011), while he has a forthcoming article in War in History. He held the position of Assistant Professor in History at the European University – Cyprus from October 2006 to January 2009. In January 2009 he was appointed Lecturer in Modern History at Flinders University of South Australia and in 2012 was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Series Titles

City of Empires

Despite its undoubted importance, there has never been a volume dedicated entirely to studies of the historic city of Famagusta in the years which followed the siege of 1571. City of Empires: Ottoman and British Famagusta takes an important first step in redressing this imbalance. The four centuries which followed the conflict, as ...


This volume is the first scholarly work in English examining the history of the town and district of Limassol in Cyprus from antiquity to the 1570/1 Ottoman conquest of the island. Based on original research and adopting a multidisciplinary approach, six established scholars study Limassol’s political, social, and economic history,...

Peacemaking Strategies in Cyprus

This book takes a systematic and holistic approach to examining all 41 peacemaking initiatives used to settle the Cyprus question from 1955 onward under the auspices of the United Nations and/or other actors in the international system, including the United States, Canada, the UK, Greece and Turkey. The analysis of peacemaking stra...

The Archbishops of Cyprus in the Modern Age

Cyprus Historical and Contemporary StudiesSince the onset of Ottoman rule, but more especially from the mid-18th Century, the archbishops of the autocephalous Cypriot Orthodox Church have wielded a great deal of political power. Most people of a certain age will remember the bearded monk who became a Greek nationalist politician an...