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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top 10 Cyprus (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2019-02-07
Paperback (144 pages)

Top 10 Cyprus (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
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True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Cyprus covers all the region's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide for Cyprus will lead you straight to the best attractions these cities have to offer, from the Paphos Archaeological site to scenic beaches to wine-growing regions. Find the best hotels, food, and attractions for every budget.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Cyprus.

   • Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to these areas of Cyprus.
   • Expanded and far more comprehensive, new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
   • New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of history and culture. A free pull-out map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Cyprus.

Recommended: For an in-depth guidebook to Cyprus, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Cyprus, which offers a complete overview of the city; thousands of photographs, illustrations, and maps; and more.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

The Last Crusader Kingdom: Dawn of a Dynasty in Twelfth-Century Cyprus

By Helena P. Schrader

Wheatmark
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The Last Crusader Kingdom: Dawn of a Dynasty in Twelfth-Century Cyprus
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FINALIST, Book Excellence Award for HISTORICAL FICTION 2018
John d'Ibelin, son of the legendary Balian, will one day defy the most powerful monarch on earth. But first he must survive his apprenticeship as squire to a man determined to build a kingdom on an island ravaged by rebellion. The Greek insurgents have already driven the Knights Templar from the island, and now stand poised to destroy Richard the Lionheart's legacy to the Holy Land: a crusader foothold on the island of Cyprus.

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

A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus: The Non-Greek Languages, and their Relations with Greek, c.1600-300 BC (Cambridge Classical Studies)

By Philippa M. Steele

Cambridge University Press
Released: 2013-11-07
Kindle Edition (302 pages)

A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus: The Non-Greek Languages, and their Relations with Greek, c.1600-300 BC (Cambridge Classical Studies)
 
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This pioneering volume approaches the languages and scripts of ancient Cyprus from an interdisciplinary point of view, with a primarily linguistic and epigraphic approach supplemented by a consideration of their historical and cultural context. The focus is on furthering our knowledge of the non-Greek languages/scripts, as well as appreciating their place in relation to the much better understood Greek language on the island. Following on from recent advances in Cypro-Minoan studies, these difficult, mostly Late Bronze Age inscriptions are reassessed from first principles. The same approach is taken for non-Greek languages written in the Cypriot Syllabic script during the first millennium BC, chiefly the one usually referred to as Eteocypriot. The final section is then dedicated to the Phoenician language, which was in use on Cyprus for some hundreds of years. The result is a careful reappraisal of these languages/scripts after more than a century of sometimes controversial scholarship.


 
 
 

 
 
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