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Cyprus from Colonialism to the Present: Visions and Realities

Essays in Honour of Robert Holland, 1st Edition

Edited by Anastasia Yiangou, Antigone Heraclidou


246 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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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





  1. Robert Holland’s Empire
  2. John Darwin

  3. The Historiography of Modern Cyprus and Robert Holland’s Place in it
  4. Paschalis M. Kitromilides



  5. Society, Religion and Moral Reform in the Early Twentieth-Century Cyprus: Syllogos Orthodoxia and the 1907 Sunday Observance Law
  6. Loizos Kapsalis

  7. Unseen and Unrecognized: The Physical Legacy of the Second World War in Cyprus
  8. Tim Reardon

  9. ‘An Ideal to be Attained’: The 1946 Ten Year Development Plan for Cyprus
  10. George Kazamias and Maria Panayiotou



  11. An Unsettled State: Majority Rule versus Federalism in Cyprus, 1957 -1964
  12. Diana Markides

  13. The Struggle for Recognition and Political Rights of the Small Ethnic and Religious Minorities at the End of British Colonial Rule in Cyprus
  14. Hubert Faustmann

  15. The Unitary Democratic Front of Reconstruction: EOKA’s Transformation From an Armed Movement to a Political Formation
  16. Andreas Karyos

  17. An Uncommon Alliance: the Democratic Union and AKEL During the 1959 Elections
  18. Anastasia Yiangou

  19. From British Colonial Government to Communal Chambers: A Change of the Guard in Cyprus Education
  20. Antigone Heraclidou



  21. Cyprus in Transition 1960-1974: The Impressive Economic Growth Of a Newly-Founded State and Its Impact on the Cyprus Problem
  22. Marilena Varnava

  23. Cyprus and International Organizations: Overcoming the Obstacles to Membership
  24. Maria Mut Bosque

  25. Cyprus in Crisis: The Ramifications of the 2013 Bank Bail-In
  26. Michael Sarris and Simeon Matsis




  27. The Substance and the Shadows: Reflections on British-Greek Relations Over Two Centuries
  28. Michael Llewellyn-Smith

  29. Searching for a New Balance: Attitudes of the Greek Political Elites towards Britain, 1950-1966
  30. Evanthis Hatzivassiliou

  31. The British Press and the Greek Resistance Against the Colonels, 1967-1974

Christos Christidis


Robert Holland’s publications


About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London

Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London

Initiated in 1993 as an extension of the activities of the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London, this series covers all aspects of Greek culture and civilization. The volumes published to date present a broad range of topics from ancient to modern, including the papers of several international symposia held at KCL. Titles deal with the history and image of Alexandria, the image of Socrates across the centuries, the early years of El Greco, the making of Modern Greece, Greek-Turkish relations in modern times, and the history of Greek photography. Volumes recently published or in preparation cover the reign of the 12th-century Byzantine emperor John II Komnenos, the politics behind Lord Byron’s intervention in the Greek Revolution in the 1820s and Greek art music since the early 19th century.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century