This volume is published in honour of the acclaimed work of Robert Holland, historian of the British Empire and the Mediterranean, and it brings together essays based on the original research of his colleagues, former students and friends. The focal theme is modern Cyprus, on which much of Robert Holland’s own history writing was concentrated for many years. The essays analyse British rule in Cyprus between 1878 and 1960, and especially the transition to independence; the coverage, however, also incorporates the post-colonial era and the construction of present-day dilemmas. The Cypriot experience intertwines with Anglo-Hellenic relations generally, so that a section of the book is devoted to those aspects that have been central to Robert Holland’s sustained contribution. The essays explore, inter alia, historiography, social history, economics, politics, ideology, education and the 2013 financial crisis. Taken as a collection the essays serve as an appropriate tribute to Robert Holland as well as an innovative addition to the existing historiography of colonial and post-colonial Cyprus. They will be of great interest to anyone interested in Imperial and Commonwealth History, Anglo-Hellenic relations and the Eastern Mediterranean in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Table of Contents
Introduction PART I: ROBERT HOLLAND AS HISTORIAN 1. Robert Holland’s Empire, John Darwin 2. The Historiography of Modern Cyprus and Robert Holland’s Place in it, Paschalis M. Kitromilides PART II: THEMES ON THE HISTORY OF COLONIAL CYPRUS 3. Society, Religion and Moral Reform in the Early Twentieth-Century Cyprus: Syllogos Orthodoxia and the 1907 Sunday Observance Law, Loizos Kapsalis 4. Unseen and Unrecognized: The Physical Legacy of the Second World War in Cyprus, Tim Reardon 5. ‘An Ideal to be Attained’: The 1946 Ten Year Development Plan for Cyprus, George Kazamias and Maria Panayiotou PART III: CYPRUS’S TRANSITION FROM EMPIRE 6. An Unsettled State: Majority Rule versus Federalism in Cyprus, 1957 -1964, Diana Markides 7. The Struggle for Recognition and Political Rights of the Small Ethnic and Religious Minorities at the End of British Colonial Rule in Cyprus, Hubert Faustmann 8. The Unitary Democratic Front of Reconstruction: EOKA’s Transformation From an Armed Movement to a Political Formation, Andreas Karyos 9. An Uncommon Alliance: the Democratic Union and AKEL During the 1959 Elections, Anastasia Yiangou 10. From British Colonial Government to Communal Chambers: A Change of the Guard in Cyprus Education, Antigone Heraclidou PART IV: THE POSTCOLONIAL EXPERIENCE TO THE PRESENT 11. Cyprus in Transition 1960-1974: The Impressive Economic Growth Of a Newly-Founded State and Its Impact on the Cyprus Problem, Marilena Varnava 12. Cyprus and International Organizations: Overcoming the Obstacles to Membership, Maria Mut Bosque 13. Cyprus in Crisis: The Ramifications of the 2013 Bank Bail-In, Michael Sarris and Simeon Matsis PART V: ASPECTS OF ANGLO-HELLENISM 14. The Substance and the Shadows: Reflections on British-Greek Relations Over Two Centuries, Michael Llewellyn-Smith 15. Searching for a New Balance: Attitudes of the Greek Political Elites towards Britain, 1950-1966, Evanthis Hatzivassiliou 16. The British Press and the Greek Resistance Against the Colonels, 1967-1974, Christos Christidis
Anastasia Yiangou specializes in the history of British rule in Cyprus. She is the author of Cyprus in World War II: Politics and Conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean (2010) and the co-editor of The Greeks and the British in the Levant, 1800-1960s: Between Empires and Nations (2016).
Antigone Heraclidou is affiliated to the Open University of Cyprus where she lectures modern history of Cyprus. In May 2012, she was awarded a PhD in History from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. A revised version of her thesis was published in 2017 under the title Imperial Control in Cyprus: Education and Political Manipulation in the British Empire.