As a major tourist destination and the most eastern member of the European Union, housing two British Sovereign Bases and sitting at the intersection of three continents, Cyprus attracts international attention in more ways than one; hence the complex web of converging and conflicting outside interests that has marked and scarred the country’s history. Since 2009, when the previous edition appeared, further big changes have occurred with the United Nations-led efforts to bring about a settlement to the Cyprus problem as well as the latest on the exploration of hydrocarbon in the eastern Mediterranean seabed.
Historical Dictionary of Cyprus, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has several hundred cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, architecture, and culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Cyprus.
Farid Mirbagheri is professor of international relations and holds the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Nicosia. His enduring interest in Cyprus, inter alia, goes back to 1980s. His publications on this topic include International Peacemaking in Cyprus from 1964 to 1986 (1997) and Historical Dictionary of Cyprus (2010). He is a former editor of the Cyprus Review.
Emilios A. Solomou is a historian and director of UNESCO Chair at the University of Nicosia. He serves as the president of the Cyprus Society of Historical Studies, Fellow of the Historical Association of Britain and the Managing Editor of the Cyprus Review. Amongst other publications he coedited two books on Colonial Cyprus 1878-1960 and Independent Cyprus 1960-2010.
Editor’s Foreword (Jon Woronoff)
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix I:Presidents of the Republic of Cyprus
Appendix II:Turkish Cypriot Leaders
Appendix III:UN Special Representatives
Appendix IV:UNFICYP Force Commanders
Appendix V: The Lusignan Rulers of Cyprus
Appendix VI: British Personnel 1878-1960
Appendix VII: Archbishops of the Cyprus Orthodox Church
Appendix VIII: Some Byzantine Emperors who had a direct Impact on events in Cyprus
Appendix IX: The two Ottoman Emperors marking the beginning and the end of Ottoman rule in Cyprus
Appendix X: Venetian Rulers (Doges) marking the beginning and the end of Venetian rule in Cyprus
About the Authors
Mirbagheri and Solomou’s Historical Dictionary is a truly valuable contribution to the inexhaustible study of the countless dimensions of Cyprus’ life and times, written clearly and conscientiously, with numerous insights, and an evident love and respect for the country and its people.