From pragmatism to idealism to failure: Britain in the Cyprus crisis of 1974

altThe Greek ommunity of Melbourne in collaboration with the LaTrobe University presents a special lecture entitled From pragmatism to idealism to failure: Britain in the Cyprus crisis of 1974, by Dr Georgios Kazamias, on Tuesday 25 June, at the Greek Centre, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars.

Both before and after 1974, the question of territory controlled by the Greek or the Turkish side in Cyprus has been one of the most important and enduring aspects of the Cyprus problem. With its starting point at an unpublished telegram (from the National Archives of Australia) detailing secret UK views, this paper examines British -and to a slightly lesser extent, US- policy towards Cyprus in July and August 1974.

In particular it focuses on policy towards the amount of territory that could, would or should be controlled by Turkey in Cyprus; on the factors that led to this policy and its eventual implementation by Turkey; on the changes of stance and the interaction between British and US policy (and James Callaghan and Henry Kissinger respectively); on military assessments and options in Cyprus; and on the reasons why ultimately the British policy in Cyprus failed in August 1974.

Georgios Kazamias was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1964. BA 1987 (Thessaloniki, Greece), PhD 1990 (Bradford, UK). He is currently (2019) Associate Professor in Modern European History in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus. Previous posts Balkan Studies Institute (Thessaloniki, 1993-94), University of Bradford, UK (1990-91, 1994-2000), University of Cyprus (2000-to date). His research interests include Europeanization, the history of the international relations of Greece and the SE Europe (particularly in the second half of the 20th c.), Economic History of Cyprus (1878-1960), micro-history and oral history, digitisation of archives. His teaching interests include European History since the French Revolution until the 1990s. He served as Dean of the School of Letters, University of Cyprus, 2011-2014.


When: Tuesday 25 June 2019, 7.00pm
Where: Greek Centre (Mez, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne)

 
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