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You are invited to the launch of Serving the Empire in the Great War: The Cypriot Mule Corps, Imperial Loyalty and Silenced Memory, authored by Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, to be launched by Professor Hubert Faustmann, Department of European Studies and International Relations, University of Nicosia, on 29 May 2018 at the Home for Cooperation, and hosted by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, starting at 6:30pm. Drinks will be provided.
Book Abstract:
This book contributes to the growing literature on the role of the British non-settler empire in the Great War by exploring the service of the Cypriot Mule Corps on the Salonica Front, and after the war in Constantinople.
Varnava encompasses all aspects of the story of the Mule Corps, from the role of the animals to the experiences of the men driving them both during and after the war, as well as how and why this significant story in the history of Cyprus and the British Empire has been forgotten.
The book will be of great value to anyone interested in the impact of the Great War upon the British Empire in the Mediterranean, and vice- versa.
Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava, FRHistS, was born (1979) and raised in Melbourne to Cypriot-born parents and obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne (2006). He is an Associate Professor in Imperial and Military History at Flinders University, where he has worked since 2009. He is the author of two books in the Studies in Imperialism Series of Manchester University Press: Serving the Empire in the Great War: The Cypriot Mule Corps, Imperial Loyalty and Silenced Memory (2017) and British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878-1915: The Inconsequential Possession (2009; paperback 2012). He has edited/co-edited six volumes: The Great War and the British Empire: Culture and Society (Routledge, 2017); Australia and the Great War: Identity, Memory, Mythology (Melbourne University Press, 2016); Imperial Expectations and Realities: El Dorados, Utopias and Dystopias (Manchester University Press, 2015); The Archbishops of Cyprus in the Modern Age: The Changing Role of the Archbishop-Ethnarch, their Identities and Politics (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013); The Minorities of Cyprus: Development Patterns and the Identity of the Internal-Exclusion (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); and Reunifying Cyprus: The Annan Plan and Beyond (I. B. Tauris, 2009; paperback 2011). Additionally, he has co-edited a special issue of Itinerario, 38(3), 2014. He has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, including in The Historical Journal, Historical Research (x2), War in History (x3), Itinerario, First World War Studies and Britain and the World and has an article forthcoming in English Historical Review.
Professor Hubert Faustmann was born and raised in Germany and obtained his PhD in History from the University of Mannheim (1999). He is currently a Professor of History and International Relations at the University of Nicosia, where he has worked since 1999. Additionally, he is the director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Cyprus office since May 2011. Professor Faustmann is an expert on British colonial Cyprus and post-independence Cypriot history and politics. Professor Faustmann is the author of Divide and Quit? British Colonial Policy in Cyprus 1878-1960, (MATEO (E-Book), 1999) and is the editor/co-editor of ten volumes, including: The Role of Education in Multicultural Cyprus (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017); Global Energy Debates and the Eastern Mediterranean, (PRIO Cyprus Centre, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and Atlantic Council), 2016; East Mediterranean Hydrocarbons: Geopolitical and Industry Perspectives, Markets and Export Routes, and Regional Cooperation, (PRIO Cyprus Centre, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and Brookings Institution), 2014; Cyprus’ Hydrocarbons, Wealth Distribution and Regional Politics, (PRIO/Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 2012); An Island in Europe: The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus (I.B. Tauris, 2011); Reunifying Cyprus: The Annan Plan and Beyond (I.B. Tauris, 2009); The Government and Politics of Cyprus, (Peter Lang, 2008); Britain in Cyprus: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism 1878-2006, (Bibliopolis, 2006). He has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.
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